Everything You Need To Know About Burning Eyes
By: Dr. Ritika Sachdev MS
The burning sensation can happen with or without other symptoms such as itching, eye discomfort, watery eyes, or eye discharge. Burning eyes are frequently caused by unavoidable environmental factors like strong winds or high pollen levels. On the other hand, similar feelings can signify a more serious eye condition that necessitates medical attention.
Possible Causes of burning eyes
A variety of factors can cause burning eyes. Exposure to environmental contaminants such as tobacco smoke, pollution, dust, or domestic chemicals such as bleach, soap, or shampoo, is one of the most common causes.
Allergies can induce inflammation in the eyes, resulting in burning. In fact, allergies or infections with bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms can cause conjunctivitis, inflammation of the membranes that line your eyelids and cause redness .Furthermore, burning eyes can accompany upper respiratory diseases like influenza (flu) or the common cold.
Other Symptoms associated with Burning eyes
Other symptoms, which can vary based on the underlying disease, disorder, or condition, may accompany burning eyes. Burning eyes may be accompanied by other ocular symptoms such as:
Discharge from eyes, Dry eyes, Eyes that itch, Red, irritated eyes (bloodshot eyes), Watering Eyes
Signs of the nose that might develop in conjunction with burning eyes such as postnasal drip, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion
Home Remedies for Burning Eyes:
While various treatments help relieve stinging in the eye, you might want to start with one of these natural home remedies. Take a look at a list of at-home calming therapies that can help you relieve burning eyes. However, if your discomfort persists, speak with your doctor.
Consider using these natural therapies at home for quick relief:
Using lukewarm water, rinse your eyelids. Rinsing your eyes can help remove allergens and irritants from your eyes, which can help to reduce irritation and dryness.
Soak a cloth in warm water, then place it over closed eyes for a few minutes several times per day.
Increase your water intake to keep your eyes moist and prevent dryness. Stinging, burning, and irritation are all symptoms of dry eyes.
Take a break from the computer and rest your eyes.
To relieve dry eyes and burn, increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna, anchovies, and sardines are all excellent sources of omega-3. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, flaxseeds are a good source of omega-3. Consult a physician to determine whether supplements are appropriate for you.
Treatment of Burning Eyes
The treatment of burning eyes differs based on the source of the problem. When you get away from the irritating component, such as smoke, the burning usually goes away on its own. In certain circumstances, over-the-counter artificial tears can help soothe burning eyes. If you have bacterial conjunctivitis, your trusted eye doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops or ointment.
The writer is Addl. Director Medical Services, Centre for Sight.