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Almost everyone experiences itching in their eyes from time to time. Itchy eyes have many causes. So, what is an eye itch? You can find all the details in our news about the causes and treatment of eye itching…

Eye itching, also called ocular pruritis, affects many people.What is eye itching, which can be caused by various conditions, including allergies and infection? All details about the causes and treatment of eye itching are in our news…


Most often, itching in the eyes is caused by some kind of allergy. An irritant (allergen) such as pollen, dust and animal Bran causes the release of compounds called histamine in the tissues around the eyes, resulting in itching, redness and swelling.


Some medical conditions can cause itchy eyes and other accompanying symptoms. Some conditions may include:

Atopic keratoconjunctivitis

This is inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva (the membrane covering the front of the eye). This is a condition in which a person is genetically predisposed to an abnormal allergic reaction to a specific allergen. People with this medical condition produce values higher than the average level of antibodies, which can affect them all year round.

If the condition is left untreated, the following symptoms may occur:

  • Ulcers
  • Wound
  • Cataract
  • Keratoconus develops in the cornea, causing a cone-shaped bulge to develop.
  • Corneal vascularization, where blood vessels extend to the cornea

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKK)

Vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKK) is an allergic inflammation of the ocular surface with chronic, bilateral and seasonal exacerbations. It is more common in children and men. Itching, photophobia, burning and watering are the most common symptoms.

Allergic conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when the inner membrane that closes the eye is irritated by an allergen. Some common causes of this allergic reaction include:

  • Grass
  • Molds
  • Pet Bran
  • Powder
  • Dust mites
  • Irritants such as makeup, lotion or contact lens solution.

Atopic dermatitis

Allergic eczema also called atopic (caused by genetic predisposition) dermatitis other atopic diseases (allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, concurrent with inflammation of the nose and eye the emerging and/or bronchial asthma) in families with often, that manifests itself in itching and redness of allergic skin disease. It can irritate the skin around the eyes and other parts of the body.

Dry eyes

When the eye loses moisture and lubrication, drying may occur in the eyes. The result of this is inflammation and itching in the eye.

Meibomian gland dysfunction

The meibomian glands are located in the upper and lower eyelids and are responsible for the secretion of oil. When these glands are blocked or develop abnormally, the tears produced by the eye do not contain enough of the oil needed to maintain moisture.


This is a condition that causes inflammation of the eyelids in response to antigens produced by staphylococcal bacteria and possibly eyelid mites.

Contact lens induced conjunctivitis

Contact lens wearers may experience an infection caused by the use of contact lenses. Sometimes the cornea can be damaged and injured.

Drawing of the cornea

The cornea is the outermost and transparent part of the eye. The anterior surface of the eye can be damaged by scratching the cornea. This problem can occur due to harsh contact of a substance with the eye or an eye infection. This scratch causes discomfort every time you blink the eye and causes inflammation, itching in the eye.

Giant papillary conjunctivitis

This eye condition is often associated with some kind of allergic reaction and can be present as large swellings under the eyelids.

Causes include:

  • VKC
  • Atopic keratoconjunctivitis
  • Use of contact lenses
  • Artificial Eye use
  • Infectious conjunctivitis

The eyes are not immune to bacterial and viral infections. Some common bacteria present in infectious conjunctivitis include:

  • Ngonorrhoeae
  • Neisseria meningitides
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenza
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Chlamydia infections

Viral infections are quite common and can be caused by adenovirus, herpes simplex and herpes zoster.

Other causes

In some cases, certain medications can cause eye problems and side effects such as dry eyes. These drugs include the following:

  • Birth control pills
  • Some antibiotics, such as penicillin
  • Decongestants, including antihistamines
  • Beta blockers
  • Antidepressants
  • Artificial tears
  • Some acne medications

Dry eye syndrome, which causes eye itching, may be associated with other environmental and medical factors, including:

  • Computer usage
  • Normal aging, especially those over 50 years of age
  • Menopause
  • Environmental factors such as wind, dry weather, air conditioning, smoking and flying
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and missing eyelid closure


The most effective eye itch treatments are related to the causes that cause itch. Symptoms of itching in the eyes can be alleviated by artificial tears or allergy eye drops. But in most cases, prescription eye drops or oral medication may be required to provide relief. Some medications can also help you become less prone to allergies, especially if the symptoms are linked to seasonal allergies.

Applying a clean, cold and moist cloth with your eyes closed can also alleviate the severity of itchy eyes.

Several different types of medications can help relieve ocular itching, but only your doctor will know which treatment or treatment combinations best suit your needs. In some cases, itching in the eyes can be treated with artificial tears or allergy drops. But in others, you may also need an Turkish doctor in Turkey eye hospitals to give antibiotic, an anti-inflammatory drug, and / or special eyelid cleaning products.

First of all, though tempting, never rub your eyes. Friction releases more histamine, which makes itching worse. Rubbing your eyes too vigorously can cause corneal wear or introduce bacteria into the eyes, which can lead to an eye infection.

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Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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