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Question:
What should I do for itchy eyes?

Answer:
Itching is only a symptom, not a diagnosis or disease. It can be caused by allergies, dry eyes, diabetes, infections, or toxins.

See your ophthalmologist for a proper evaluation so that a treatment plan can be established. Never rub your eyes. Do not use over-the-counter antihistamines or eye drops which "get the red out" unless your ophthalmologist recommends them after your examination. These drops may hide the problem or even make it worse.

Cold compresses are a good, safe and effective way to temporarily relieve itching and can be tried prior to seeing the doctor, or as a supplement to prescribed treatments.

Answered by: Richard G. Shugarman, MDDr. Richard Shugarman

Categories: General Eye Health

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