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Burning itchy eyes. not allergic but taking prescribed antihistamines and eye drops. feels like sand in eyes but no injury occurred.

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Dr. Duane Gels
Allergy and Immunology 37 years experience
Best get seen: Burning, watery eyes with "foreign body" sensation sure is exactly what my patients say allergies feel like. So can dry eye syndrome. If mild, can try ocular rewetting or saline drops, but get seen soon - early keratitis from virus as well as other inflammatory conditions of eyes or edges of lids start this way. Pain? Go right now to ER or ophthalmologist or eye specialist for a look.
Dr. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Dry eye is treated: differently from other issues such as ocular inflammation or allergies. But, they commonly can present with the same symptoms. Usually lubricating eye drops are first line therapy for dry eyes. Studies have shown that Omega-3 supplements may help as well. We can also place punctual plugs and use topical cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion drops are some of many potential treatments.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
I agree, and if the issue is dry eyes antihistamines may make it worse
Jun 11, 2015
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Dry eyes: The scratchy, burning symptoms are consistent with dry eyes (keratitis) that R exacerbated by using antihistamine medications. I recommend discontinuing the anti allergy drops & start using artificial tears (Refresh™, systane™,genteal™) every 2 to 4 hours for relief. Your oral medication may be helping your other allergy symptoms like sneezing, runny nose etc. Try this for several days & c if btR.

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