Burning eyes can be extremely painful, leading sufferers to seek treatment to relieve the symptoms. Many different factors play into burning eyes, and while some can be avoided, others are not within your control. Here Dr. Gary Tylock, a Dallas LASIK surgeon, explains some of the causes and treatments for burning eyes.
One of the indoor causes of burning eyes is dry air, caused by heating and air conditioning units. Sitting in front of a computer screen or a video game for long periods of time can also cause burning eyes, as can smoke and pollen. Other burning eyes causes are certain illnesses, like chronic dry eyes or infections in the eye, or diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome. Sometimes, medications can cause the problem, so if you suffer from itchy burning eyes, look to your medicine chest, to rule out diuretics, antihistamines, or decongestants as a cause.
So far, the things listed cause burning eyes. Other things can cause eyes to actually suffer burns, and that requires different treatment. Actual burns can be caused by UV rays, and certain chemicals like paint thinner, detergent, toilet or drain cleaners, or gasoline. Chemical burns should be treated immediately by a medical professional.
For eyes that are not literally burned, lubrication drops can often help sooth dry burning eyes. Sunburned eyes can be relieved with a cold compress, and you should stay out of the sun until your eyes heal. OF course, prevention is often the best cure, so properly humidifying your environment, avoiding cigarette smoke, and wearing appropriate eye wear can help protect your eyes. Take frequent breaks from staring at screens, taking time to stare at a point in the distance, or a blank wall, and blinking frequently. If home remedies do not help your red burning eyes, consult a medical professional.
If you suffer from burning eyes, your eye doctor can help you find the treatment that’s right for you. If you are looking for a doctor in the Dallas area, consider Tylock-George Eye Care and Laser Center. Led by Dr. Gary Tylock, a pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery, Tylock’s dedicated staff is committed to providing excellence in patient care, using state of the art technology. Visit the website to learn more, or connect with the online community on Facebook and Twitter.