What Causes Itchy Eyes?

What Causes Itchy Eyes?

Understanding Itchy Eyes

Few things are more irritating than an itch you can’t scratch, and itchy eyes are definitely a pain. Rubbing them only makes the problem worse. So learning what causes itchy eyes is the key to finding relief.

All About Itchy Eyes

It’s easy to tell what the symptoms of itchy eyes are, because—wait for it—they itch. But you may also experience:

  • itchy eyelids, especially at the base of the lashes
  • swollen eyelids
  • red eyes

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Causes of Itchy Eyes

Itchy eye causes include:

  • seasonal and perennial allergies to things like pollen, dust, and pet dander

Other, non-allergy causes may include:

  • dry eyes (if your eyes are both itchy and burning)
  • bacteria (if your eyes are red and inflamed)
  • wearing contacts for too long 

Itchy Eye Relief

Ways to help relieve itchy eyes include:

  • applying a clean, cold compress directly over your eyes
  • eye drops for itchy eyes like VISINE-A.C.® 

For more serious cases of itchy eyes, or if your itchy eyes persist, consult with your eye doctor to determine the most effective remedy.