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How Do I Stop My Eyes From Itching?

June 6, 2019

Living in the Southwest, I have many patients who complain of itchy, dry, red eyes. Itching can come as a by-product of dryness or a direct reaction from an allergen, classifying it as allergic conjunctivitis. 


Here are a few all natural but effective ways to relieve itching that I recommend to my patients: 


1.) Put your artificial tear drops into the fridge. 


This is a great way to not only flush out the particles that are making you itchy, but to use the coldness of the tear to calm down the reaction of the eyes to this allergen (redness, bumps, etc.) 


2.) Do not rub your eyes. 


As great as this feels in the moment, the rubbing of your eyes actually causes your tissue to release histamine which makes the itching much worse. 


3.) Use a cold compress. 


Take a clean washcloth and wet it with cold water. Place this over closed eyes. Much like the cold artificial tear, this will help to calm down that itchy, allergic reaction that you are having and actually calm down the tissues around the eye as well. 


You can go to my instagram account @eyesplain to see videos using these tips. Let me know how this works out! If itching does not subside with these suggestions, go see your optometrist or ophthalmologist for a suggestion for medication.

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