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My eyes get watery and itchy when I start reading a book. Is this normal?
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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology
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In brief: It may be dry eyes
If this symptom does not occur at any other time, it is likely related to dry eyes or the need for reading glasses.
Although itchy eyes are often a sign of allergies, they would occur throughout the day. If you try artificial tears several times per day and still have these symptoms see an eye doctor who will evaluate your vision and overall eye health.

In brief: It may be dry eyes
If this symptom does not occur at any other time, it is likely related to dry eyes or the need for reading glasses.
Although itchy eyes are often a sign of allergies, they would occur throughout the day. If you try artificial tears several times per day and still have these symptoms see an eye doctor who will evaluate your vision and overall eye health.
Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology
In brief: Watery eye
When you read, your blink rate diminishes.
This can result in dry eye, which causes tearing and blurring of the vision. This can be treated with artificial tears, such as theratears. If the eyes itch, this may be an allergic response to dust in the book. Try zaditor (ketotifen) or Pataday if the itching persists.

In brief: Watery eye
When you read, your blink rate diminishes.
This can result in dry eye, which causes tearing and blurring of the vision. This can be treated with artificial tears, such as theratears. If the eyes itch, this may be an allergic response to dust in the book. Try zaditor (ketotifen) or Pataday if the itching persists.
Dr. Theodore Wu
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