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Eye Itching Overview

Another name for Eye Itching is Eye Irritation.

What is eye irritation?
A person with eye irritation has mild eye redness, itching, or tearing. Eye irritation may be due to an infection, allergy, chemical exposure, or some other irritant in the eye.

What are the symptoms of eye irritation?
Symptoms of eye irritation include eye redness, eye pain, eye itching, and eye tearing.

How does the doctor treat eye irritation?
Treatment for eye irritation may include artificial tears, cold compresses, and antihistamines. Some may benefit from antibiotic eye drops. All should avoid exposure to smoke, do not rub the eyes, avoid using eye makeup, and do not wear contact lenses until symptoms are gone.

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Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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