Itchy Eyes

Itchy eyes or ocular pruritus is a common symptom for many people, especially during the spring allergy season.  The causes of ocular pruritus include:  allergic conjunctivitis, atopic disease, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, contact lens associated conjunctivitis.

Certain clues can narrow the etiology:

Eyes burning or tearing or having a foreign body sensation:  Dry eyes, meibomian gland dysfunction.

Eyes itch throughout the year:  Allergic conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis.

Itching associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema:  allergic conjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis.

Contact lens wear:  overwear, improper fit,

Seasonal triggers or occurrence:  seasonal allergies

Exposure to new soaps or cosmetics:  contact dermatitis,

It is imperative to have a through eye exam to find the etiology of ocular pruritis.  The good news is that most of the above causes of ocular itching can be easily treated once the appropriate diagnosis is made.

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