What causes itchy eyes?When the surface of the eye is exposed to allergens like pollens, dust or animal dander, an allergic reaction can occur. This allergic reaction triggers the release of histamine, causing itchy, red or watery eyes.
How can I help reduce itchy eyes at home?
Preventing itchy eyes at home:
- Vacuum regularly to reduce indoor allergens such as dust, animal hair and dander
- Shut doors and windows to keep out seasonal allergens, such as pollen, ragweed, and grass
- Air-conditioning helps to filter out allergens—clean filters and air ducts regularly
- Keep pets out of the bedroom if animal hair or dander is a problem
- Install hardwood floors instead of carpeting—carpets collect allergens such as dust
- Stay indoors when the pollen count is high
- Avoid lawn work if possible
How can I help reduce itchy eyes while outdoors?
Preventing itchy eyes outdoors:
- Check the pollen count before going outside—pollen counts are highest between
5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Don’t hang laundry outside to dry because allergens stick to fabric
- Take precautions before doing yard work—wearing a simple respirator will help filter out allergens while mowing the lawn, raking leaves or gardening
- Shower after being outdoors to wash away allergens that may have collected in your hair
What happens when I rub my eyes?It’s tempting to rub your eyes to make them feel better. But rubbing only releases more histamine that make your itchy eyes worse. In addition, rubbing may cause trauma to the eye surface and eyelid.
Itchy Eyes: TreatmentThere are many treatments for itchy eyes that are available with a prescription or over-the-counter.
ZADITOR® Eye Drops is the first over-the-counter eye drop that relieves itchy eyes for up to 12 hours with just one drop. So there’s no need to re-dose or carry eye drops around all day. Most over-the-counter itchy eye treatments only provide 4–6 hours of relief before another dose is needed.
Unlike most over-the-counter eye allergy treatments containing decongestants, ZADITOR® Eye Drops antihistamine eye drops do not contain a vasoconstrictor. Vasoconstrictors (decongestants) reduce the redness in the eye by narrowing the blood vessels in a process known as “vasoconstriction”. With overuse, vasoconstrictors can cause rebound redness, leaving eyes red for a period of time after discontinuation.1 ZADITOR® Eye Drops treats itchy eyes without a vasoconstrictor, so rebound redness is not a concern.
Even little ones with itchy eyes can get all-day relief from just one drop, because ZADITOR® Eye Drops is proven safe and effective for children aged 3 years and older.*
If ZADITOR® Eye Drops does not fully meet your needs, please contact your health care or eye care provider for prescription strength relief.
* Consult your healthcare professional for use with children under 3 years of age.
1 Soparkar CN, Wilhelmus KR, Koch DD, et al. Acute and chronic conjunctivitis due to over-the-counter ophthalmic decongestants. Arch Opthalmol. 1997;115(1):34–8.