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Very itchy eyes


I am having been itchy for more than a week, they are watery and sore. I know I'm not supposed to scratch them but they are that itchy I can't help it and sometimes when I'm sleeping I wake up scratching them without knowing. I have been using over the counter eye drops but they do not seem to be helping either. I need your help please I can hardly sleep with them being itchy and sore. I rinse them more often and put eye drops but it's not helping, please I don't know what to do.

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Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

It sounds like this is an allergy and you should try antihistamine eye medication. The one most commonly found over the counter is drops that contain sodium cromoglycate. They take a couple of days to work well and you should put them in throughout the day. There is other medication that might help such as oral antihistamines, and different types of allergy eye drops, but they are on prescription only. You should also see your optometrist as there may be another underlying problem causing the itching like an eye infection, dry eye or a lid condition. If the conclusion is that it is an allergy, you should look for the possible irritant, such as feathered pillows or house dust mites.

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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