There are many. The best are antihistamine and mast cell inhibitors. Avoid vasoconstrictors like visine that gets the red out as they can make matters worse if used too frequently.
Cool compresses. Cooler temperatures helps relieve itching. Avoid warm compresses. These will bring more histamine to the itchy area and increase the problem.
Itchy eyes. I usually have patients start with a preservative free artificial tear, such as theratears. Keep them cold, and they will be more soothing. If the tears don't help, then try zaditor over-the counter twice a day for a few weeks. If this does not work, ask your ophthalmologist for Pataday or lastacaft, (alcaftadine) both once-a-day potent drops for ocular allergies.
Itchy eyes. Itchy eyes are most commonly due to dry eyes or allergies. Try an over the counter drop for dry eyes (ocular lubricant). If using the drop 2-3 times a day fails to improve symptoms get a diagnosis and treatment plan from an eye physician.
Several options. There are vasoconstrictor drops such as visine that can help for occasional use. Patanol is an antiinflammatory that is useful. One nasal steroid, Veramyst is also approved for treating ocular symptoms (you still put it in your nose, not your eyes). Prevention is the best treatment, however, by taking a daily antihistamine or having immunotherapy. Call me if you're in my area.
Several options. There are several otc meds that available that are ocular antihistamines. Tears and similar otc moisturizing drops are helpful as well. Interestingly, there is some data that rx nasal steroids can help with ocular symptoms.
Cool compresses. Occasionally, a cool wet washcloth over the eyes can temporarily relieve the symptoms. Heat can actually make the eyes more itchy. The best option, however, is an eye examination to determine the cause and provide a directed treatment.
Cold packs. The only thing I can thing of is cold compresses or oral antihistamines.
Itchy eyes. Itchy eyes most often due to allergy (environment: pollen, makeup, pets, detergent, etc), viral conjunctivitis (contagious: see eyeMD asap if severe itching), dry eye. An eyeMD can recommend stronger drops to help as needed. More@ Eyedoc2020.blogspot. Com.
No. Artificial tears and washing the eyelids out with cool water can go a long way towards relief. Medicated drops are part of a comprehensive treatment regimen for ocular allergies.
No. Depends on the problem. If there's something anatomic that can be treated, or some irritant that can be removed/avoided, or some treatment like punctal plug for associated dry eye...
Artificial tears. Artificial tears used regularly are the best solution. Sometimes medicated eye drops such as Restasis can help reduce the symptoms as well. See your ophthalmologist for appropriate suggestions.
Several. Various over the counter artificial tears, some are more watery vs. Oily, thicker tear lasts longer but can blur vision more. Try several to see what works best. Over the counter antihistamines can help with itching due to allergies.
Depends on the cause. There are many causes of itchy eyes. Several types of inflammatory conditions, allergic reactions, detergents, chemicals, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause itchy eyes. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
Probably not. Optrex is not an American company nor am I aware that they legally distribute products in the USA, however they do make artificial lubricants and possibly some decongestant products also that are probably safe to use. These drops contain preservatives that sometimes cause allergy. See an eye doctor if symptoms persist.
When I don't wear my glasses for a long time I get itchy eyes. Should I use eye drops, and which kind?
Yes drops will help. Either artificial tear drops or allergy eye drops for itching, both are over the counter.