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What Can Cause Eye Irritation?

Com­mon and irri­tat­ing health prob­lems can be dif­fi­cult to deal with and annoy­ing to fix. A sore throat, run­ny nose, plugged up ears, and eye irri­ta­tions can all put a damper on your dai­ly life. While almost always these com­mon but per­sis­tent ail­ments are not severe, they do, how­ev­er, make us take your nor­mal health for grant­ed.

It always seems to be that when we’re healthy with­out issues, we don’t think any­thing of it, but as soon as a cold or aller­gies come along, we real­ize just how much some­thing so small can set us back. When it comes to your vision and eye health, it doesn’t take much to throw every­thing out-of-whack. We’ll take a look at some of the most com­mon caus­es of eye irri­ta­tions and infec­tions, and what to do for eye irri­ta­tion, so that you can get back to hav­ing healthy eyes.

Common Causes of Eye Irritation

Aller­gies are one of the most com­mon caus­es of eye irri­ta­tion because the list is near­ly end­less as to what can cause a reac­tion. The most per­sis­tent and com­mon aller­gens include:

  • Sea­son­al - these types of aller­gies often occur in the spring and fall, when new plant growth is com­ing to life for the sum­mer or com­ing to an end before win­ter comes. Grass, pollen, and cer­tain plants are all major cul­prits when it comes to wreak­ing hav­oc on people’s aller­gies.
  • Dust - this tends to be a year-round aller­gy because dust is always present, both inside and out­side. The tiny par­ti­cles infil­trate eyes and noses to cause reac­tions and irri­ta­tion with peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to dust.
  • Pets - pet hair and dan­der can be extreme­ly irri­tat­ing for those who are aller­gic. The good news is that there are hypoal­ler­genic breeds of pets, or shots avail­able for own­ers to con­trol the aller­gy.
  • Mold - also a com­mon aller­gy that can be present year round and real­ly cause trou­ble, because it is hard to deter­mine if mold is the true aller­gen caus­ing the symp­toms.

These aller­gens can often cause itchy, scratchy and red eyes, exces­sive water­ing, burn­ing, and even swelling and puffi­ness. These are all indi­ca­tions of aller­gic con­junc­tivi­tis, which is inflam­ma­tion of the out­er mem­brane of your eyes. Over the counter anti­his­t­a­mine eye drops are a great place to start if you first notice irri­ta­tion from these types of aller­gens.

Some­times the eyes can react to nasal aller­gy symp­toms, as well, and then it might be nec­es­sary to take aller­gy pills that coun­ter­act nasal and eye symp­toms.

Smoke (cig­a­rettes, cig­ars or fires), chlo­ri­nat­ed pools, and the air around indoor pools, salt water, paint fumes, and oth­er irri­tants can cause the eyes to react by being itchy, red, puffy, and even burn­ing sen­sa­tions.

For­eign objects can do real dam­age, and cause severe irri­ta­tion due to the sen­si­tiv­i­ty of the tis­sues in your eyes. Sand, dirt, saw­dust, con­tact lens­es, make­up, and even a stray eye­lash can cause painful irri­ta­tion and even damage/scratch the cornea.

Eye Irritation

Things To Avoid Doing

Avoid rub­bing or scratch­ing your eyes if you feel some­thing in your eye. Try flush­ing your eye with water or con­tact solu­tion to wash away the for­eign object. If that does not help, try to see your eye doc­tor as soon as pos­si­ble. Because your eyes are so sen­si­tive, it tru­ly does not take much to cause irri­tat­ing, uncom­fort­able or even dam­ag­ing symp­toms. As always, it is best to see your eye doc­tor for imme­di­ate and severe sit­u­a­tions.

We believe that part of enjoy­ing life is being able to see as clear­ly as pos­si­ble. At Dia­mond Vision, we strive to lead the way in pro­vid­ing the lat­est tech­nol­o­gy and pro­ce­dures to our patients, to improve and cor­rect a vari­ety of vision and eye-relat­ed con­di­tions.

To learn more about all the great pro­ce­dures our award-win­ning staff of sur­geons per­forms through­out the Tri-State area, give us a call, today, at (888)678‑4341 for a free con­sul­ta­tion!

November 27th, 2018|Comments Off on What Can Cause Eye Irritation?

About the Author:

Born in Connecticut and raised in Upstate New York , Dr. Stetson graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University in New York, and then earned an MD degree with honors at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He distinguished himself again in residency at the Albany Medical Center, where he obtained the highest percentile in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Examinations. Dr. Stetson has performed more than 50,000 refractive surgeries and has been on staff at Diamond Vision since 2004, before becoming Medical Director in 2006.


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