What’s Causing Your Itchy Eyes? Exploring the Link with Dry Eye

Dec 1, 2023

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Do you find yourself constantly rubbing your eyes and wondering why they’re so itchy? You might blame it on allergies or the weather, but another possible explanation is dry eye syndrome. Our eyes need moisture to work properly, and when they don’t make enough tears or the tears are of poor quality, it can lead to dry eye syndrome. In this blog, we’ll discuss what dry eye syndrome is, its symptoms, common causes, and how you can prevent and manage it.  

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome 

Dry eye syndrome can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including: 

  • Redness 
  • Itchiness 
  • Watery eyes 
  • Blurry vision 
  • Light sensitivity 
  • A burning sensation in your eyes 
  • The feeling like something is in your eyes 
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses 

If left untreated, severe cases of dry eye can also damage the surface of your eye, potentially resulting in vision loss.  

Common causes of dry eye syndrome 

Many things can cause dry eye syndrome, including aging, certain medications, and medical conditions like diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Environmental factors like dry air, smoke, wind, and air conditioning can also increase your risk. Additionally, women are more likely to develop dry eye than men because of hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, menopause, and using birth control. Dry eye can be chronic or temporary, so it’s important to see an eye doctor to determine the underlying cause.  

Preventing dry eye syndrome 

To avoid dry eye syndrome, try taking breaks when you’re on the computer or reading for extended periods. The 20-20-20 rule may help you avoid digital eye strain and dry eye caused by too much screen time. This rule says that after staring at the screen for 20 minutes, you should look away for at least 20 seconds and focus on an object 20 feet away. Making sure your workspace is well-lit, staying hydrated, and wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun and wind can also help prevent dry eye.  

Treating dry eye syndrome 

If you’re dealing with dry, itchy eyes, it’s crucial to schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor who specializes in dry eye care. They can diagnose the underlying cause and recommend the most suitable treatment. Treatment for dry eye syndrome includes prescription eye drops, medications to reduce inflammation, blinking exercises, and warm compresses.  

At Avon Vision Associates and New Hartford Associates, our team of expert eye doctors offers a range of safe and effective treatments. Depending on the severity and cause of your symptoms, we may recommend light therapy, a deep cleaning of the eyelids and lashes, or special contact lenses

While dry eye can be uncomfortable and even painful, you don’t have to live in discomfort. With proper care and the right treatment, you can protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy and comfortable. Give us a call today to schedule an eye exam and get the relief you deserve.