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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. Neil Notaroberto
Ophthalmology
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Kathy Robinson
I agree, and if the issue is dry eyes antihistamines may make it worse
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Duane Gels
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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