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What Is the Cause of My Itchy Eyes?

If you are dealing with itchy eyes, you are in good company. Many individuals go through the day with eye redness, itching, and discomfort that makes it difficult to avoid eye rubbing. However, knowing the cause of your itchy eyes can help you understand your treatment options. Patients in West Palm Beach and Jupiter trust the Mittleman Eye team to help them resolve their eye issues, including itchy eyes. Learn more about the common causes of itchy eyes below.

Seasonal Allergies

If you experience itchy eyes yearly around the same time, it is possible that you have a seasonal allergy to substances such as ragweed. Rising pollen counts often lead people to attribute their eye discomfort to allergies, which are also associated with symptoms like congestion. Over-the-counter antihistamines can provide relief, but in cases of severe symptoms, prescription allergy medication may be necessary.

Perennial Allergies

Perennial allergies, or allergies that exist year-round, can lead to eye itchiness at any time. For example, it is common to experience eye irritation and other symptoms of allergies from dust and mold. An allergen skin test may be required to identify specific allergies. Consider limiting your exposure to allergens and using antihistamines to reduce inflammation and alleviate eye itchiness.

Airborne Irritants

Many individuals find that they are sensitive to things like cigarette smoke, air fresheners, and even perfumes and other products that are heavily scented — all of which can lead to itchy eyes. You should avoid exposing your eyes to known irritants. However, if exposure has already occurred, eye drops or eye ointment can help improve symptoms.

Dry Eye

There are many things that can lead to reduced tear production, and fewer tears often translate to dry and itchy eyes. Home remedies for dry eyes can help for a short period of time, but if you experience chronic dry eyes, it is time to seek medical treatment.

Contact Lenses

It is important to prioritize the health of your eyes, especially when wearing contact lenses. Prolonged use without regular replacement can lead to irritation, causing discomfort such as itchiness and redness. It is recommended to remove your contacts at night and adhere to the professional guidelines for lens care.


Whether your itchy eyes are caused by allergies, infections, irritants, or something else, our skilled team can provide the care you need to help your eyes feel their best. Home remedies can help treat eye itching in some cases, but if the problem persists, you should seek professional medical attention. Contact Mittleman Eye today for an eye appointment.