#1 Treat your allergies
If you suffer from allergies that affect your eyes and/ or nose, use your anti-allergy medicine at the first sign of a tickle. Experts say it is possible to avoid the problem in the first place if you know what triggers your allergy and you can avoid the exposure. It’s always best to use preservative-free artificial tears to flush the allergens before resorting to medicated eye drops, say experts.
#2 Blurred vision
It’s time to see your GP or optometrist if your symptoms last longer than a few days. And if you’ve been using you eye drops for more than four times a day or if you have pain, blurring or fluctuation of vision, seek medical help.
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# Check your contacts
Some people get itchy eyes from wearing new contact lenses but it does not mean that you have to go back to wearing glasses. Often it’s just a matter of changing to daily disposable lenses or changing the type of solution.
#4 Hands off
It’s important to wash hands regularly and keep them away from your eyes, especially if you have a cold or flu. Viral or bacterial infections can cause conjunctivitis.
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Supplements containing vitamins A, C, E and zinc can help to fight off conjunctivitis.
It you are sitting at a computer all day, chances are you’re blinking less than you should and your eyes may not be getting the lubrication they need. The dry air in many offices can add to the problem.
#7 A balanced diet
Less coffee, saturated fats and alcohol can help prevent lifestyle-related dry eyes – another cause of itching, say experts. Omega-3 supplements can also be helpful and it’s important that you drink enough water.
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#8 Do not rub
It may feel good but the effect is only temporary. But rubbing your eyes will worse things – making your eyes inflamed and causing it to become more irritated. Placing a cold washcloth on the eyes may be a better option.
Text: Bauer/ Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis