Irritated eyes

irritated eyes condition

It’s likely that many of us will have experienced having irritated, itchy eyes at some point in our lives. That’s because our eyes are faced with numerous irritants and challenges every day, some of which we may be particularly sensitive to or exposed to more often. Find out more about the typical causes and symptoms of eye irritation, as well as how to treat and prevent it.

Symptoms of irritated eyes

The typical symptoms of irritated eyes tend to include:

  • an itchy sensation
  • a general feeling of discomfort
  • the sensation that there is something in your eye
  • sore and red appearance

The severity of symptoms may depend on the cause of the irritation, as well as your sensitivity to a particular irritant (e.g. pollen). If symptoms persist or worsen, please seek medical attention.

Causes of irritated eyes

Our eyes can become irritated in reaction to a period of prolonged activity and concentration, an injury, or irritant. When irritants invade the eye, the blood vessels can become inflamed on the white surface of the eye, which can make it appear red.

Eye irritation can be caused by a number of different factors, with the following being some of the most common:

  • A foreign body (something in the eye)
    A foreign object in the eye can range from dust to an eyelash, causing discomfort and, in extreme cases, possible damage to the eye.
  • Eye allergies
    When the eye is exposed to allergens, the body releases histamine. This causes the vessels in the eye to become enlarged, causing red, itchy and watery eyes.
  • Scratched cornea
    The cornea is the protective layer of the eye that allows you to focus and see. A scratched cornea can be caused by any foreign object and result in red eyes, discomfort, and sensitivity to light. If you think you might be suffering from this, seek medical attention right away.
  • Excessive screen time
    Staring at computer and mobile screens causes us to blink a lot less, which can leave eyes feeling dry and irritated.

You may also experience eye irritation as an associated symptom of red eye and dry eyes conditions.

Treating irritated eyes

If your eyes are feeling uncomfortable and irritated, specialist eye care products can provide fast-acting relief to soothe symptoms. Our range of products includes a number of solutions that are ideal for treating eye irritation:

All Vizulize products are pH balanced to the eye’s tear fluid, so as not to sting on application. They’re also safe for use with contact lenses, without having to remove them.

Preventing irritated eyes

Taking some precautions can help you avoid suffering unnecessarily with irritated eyes – these simple steps are a good place to start:

  • Wear protective eye wear
    Whether you’re enjoying the great outdoors or doing some DIY, sunglasses and goggles will give your eyes the best defence against irritants and foreign bodies.
  • Wash hands after petting animals
    Keeping your hands clean will help avoid irritating eyes with pet dander, hair and so on.
  • Make use of specialist products
    Eye drops, artificial tears and oral antihistamines can all work wonders in helping to soothe symptoms and keep your eyes feeling comfortable.

For more advice, take a look at our tips for protecting your eyes when exercising outdoors, or managing hay fever.

Related products

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Vizulize Irritated Eye Drops
Provides soothing and long-lasting relief from irritated, itchy eyes.
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Vizulize Irritated Eye Spray
A simple alternative to eye drops that soothes and relieves irritated, itchy eyes.
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Vizulize Cooling & Soothing Eye Drops
A specialist formulation providing immediate cooling and soothing relief for dry, tired and irritated eyes.

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