If your peepers are dry and itchy, here are a few common reasons they might be bothering you – and a rare one that’s been in the news. We got this from Health magazine.
First: Conjunctivitis. It’s an inflammation of the conjunctiva – the mucous membrane that lines the visible part of the eye and the inner eyelid. What are the symptoms? A pink tinge to the whites of your eyes, burning, discharge, dryness, itching, sensitivity to light, pain, stickiness and swelling. This could be the cause of an infection or an allergy. You’ll want to see a doctor. He’ll probably give you some anti-biotic drops. And do NOT rub your eyes! That just makes them worse.
Next: Dry Eye. That’s a lack of lubrication and moisture in the eye. You might have it if your eyes feel dry, gritty and sticky. Possible causes for this for this include squinting at the computer, because the more you squint, the less you blink. Also, it could be due to age, or one of the side effects of medication. Luckily, most dry eye is temporary and easily relieved with over-the-counter eye drops. If it persists, see a doctor.
And one last reason your eyes might be driving you crazy: There’s an infection called microbial fungal keratitis that’s gotten some media attention lately. It’s rare, but it exists. If you wear contacts, be on the lookout for these symptoms: Redness, excessive tearing or discharge, rapid onset of blurred vision and pain around the eyes. In fact, anytime you have eye pain, call a doctor. And make sure you remove your contact lenses until you know exactly what the problem is.