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What causes dry itchy red eyes?

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Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 2015
Question: I have dry itchy red eyes. What can I do to relieve the itch?
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Answered by Dr. Kathy Robinson (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
eye drops

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Dry, itchy red eyes can be caused by many things. One thing to do to relieve the dryness is to use saline eye drops. You can buy these at the pharmacy. This alone may relieve things because the dryness can be the cause of itching and redness.
If this alone does not resolve the problem, then the problem may have to do with allergies and you can try an antihistamine eye drop. EMEDASTINE DIFUMARATE, Livostin (levocabastine) and Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) are some names of antihistamine eye drops. Depending upon where you live these may be prescription or over the counter medications.
If these two eye drops do not take care of the problem, make sure to see an eye doctor for further evaluation.
Best wishes,
Dr. Robinson
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What causes dry itchy red eyes?

Brief Answer: eye drops Detailed Answer: Hello, Dry, itchy red eyes can be caused by many things. One thing to do to relieve the dryness is to use saline eye drops. You can buy these at the pharmacy. This alone may relieve things because the dryness can be the cause of itching and redness. If this alone does not resolve the problem, then the problem may have to do with allergies and you can try an antihistamine eye drop. EMEDASTINE DIFUMARATE, Livostin (levocabastine) and Optivar (azelastine hydrochloride) are some names of antihistamine eye drops. Depending upon where you live these may be prescription or over the counter medications. If these two eye drops do not take care of the problem, make sure to see an eye doctor for further evaluation. Best wishes, Dr. Robinson