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Ocular Pruritus: Itchy, Irritated Eyes

Ocular Pruritus: Itchy, Irritated Eyes
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Ocular Pruritus

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Ocular pruritus refers to itchy, irritated eyes. It is not a condition itself, but rather the result of an underlying condition or factor. Ocular pruritus is incredibly common and not typically considered dangerous or harmful, but can be a nuisance to the patient.

What Causes Ocular Pruritus?

  • Allergies
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry Eye
  • Pink Eye
  • Reaction to eye makeup
  • Eye strain
  • Contact lens use

Types of Ocular Pruritus

There is only one type of ocular pruritus.

Ocular Pruritus Symptoms

  • Itchy eyes/eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Irritated eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision

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Diagnosing Ocular Pruritus

If your primary care physician suspects that you have ocular pruritus, they will likely refer you to an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist can perform a thorough examination of your eyes and rule out certain underlying conditions. If it is determined that your itchy eyes are the result of allergies, you may need to be treated by an allergist.

Treating Ocular Pruritus

Treating ocular pruritus depends on the underlying cause. Itchy eyes caused by allergies can be treated with anti-histamines like Benadryl. Medicated eye drops can help alleviate some of the symptoms of ocular pruritus. If your itchy, irritated eyes are the result of using certain makeup products, you may need to switch what you are using and try hypo-allergenic products or products designed for sensitive eyes.

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