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Why Are My Eyes Red and Itchy?

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Why Are My Eyes Red and Itchy?

Red, itchy eyes are irritating and can make it difficult to work, sleep and enjoy life. Since there are several reasons why eyes may be red and itchy, it is important to consult an eye doctor, who can determine what is causing your symptoms. Contact Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park and .

Common Causes of Red, Itchy Eyes

If your eyes are pink or reddish and itchy, the reason may be:

  • Allergies
  • Infectious conjunctivitis
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Blepharitis

Allergies

The same allergens that cause sneezing and coughing can also make your eyes red and itchy. Hay fever, allergies to pet dander, and just about any type of allergic reaction can bring on these symptoms.

Infectious Conjunctivitis

A red- or pink-looking front part of the eye and ocular itchiness are also associated with infectious conjunctivitis, commonly called “pink eye.” Highly contagious, it is often transmitted by viruses, but sometimes by bacteria. Conjunctivitis often occurs along with a cold, flu or an infection of the upper respiratory tract or ear.

Dry Eye Syndrome

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that can range from mildly irritating redness and dryness to serious chronic inflammation. Eyes become dry, red and may sometimes itch or burn. Vision may become blurred. Dry eyes are often caused by a meibomian gland dysfunction that affects the tears.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that can cause eyes to become red, the eyelids swollen and the eyelashes crusty. It can be caused by a bacterial infection, mite infestations, parasites and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Find the Root Cause of Red, Itchy Eyes

These are a few of the possible reasons your eyes are red and itchy. If your symptoms suddenly worsen or persist more than a few days, it’s important to consult your eye doctor, who can diagnose and treat the problem. Book an appointment with Eye Mechanix in Lincoln Park and .

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Q&A

What Is Viral Conjunctivitis?

Viral conjunctivitis, also known as “pink eye,” is the most common type of conjunctivitis.The viral variety is often accompanied by a sore throat, fever, runny nose and a cold. The eye is a pink color, is itchy and tears up. Viral conjunctivitis often goes away on its own after three to seven days, but can lead to a bacterial eye infection, so always consult your eye doctor. Cold compresses and artificial tears may relieve symptoms.

What is Bacterial Conjunctivitis?

Bacterial conjunctivitis occurs less often than the viral form and arises from an infection caused by staphylococcal, streptococcus or Haemophilus bacteria. The eyes become reddish or pink, tear up, itch and often burn. Frequently, the eye emits yellowish or greenish discharge and the eyelids swell. Bacterial conjunctivitis is highly contagious and must be treated with antibiotic drops or cream to eliminate the infection as soon as possible.