Itchy Eyes Specialist

Susan Watson, M.D. -  - Board-Certified Ophthalmologist

Watson Dry Eye Center

Susan Watson, M.D.

Board-Certified Ophthalmologist & Dry Eye Disease Specialist located in Raleigh, NC

While itchy eyes may seem like a fairly benign condition, chronic problems with itchy eyes have a way of affecting your entire well-being. As specialists in dry, itchy eyes, the team at Watson Dry Eye Center, led by Susan Watson, MD, has the diagnostic and treatment tools necessary to help patients in Raleigh, North Carolina, find relief. If you’re frustrated by itchy eyes, call or request an appointment using the online booking tool.

Itchy Eyes Q & A

What causes itchy eyes?

Chronic itchy eyes are a severe problem for many adults, leading to excessive rubbing, vision strain, and daily distraction.

Your natural tears help keep your eyes hydrated and nourished, while also flushing away itchy bacteria and debris. Made up a balance of water, mucus, and oil, your tears can lose their effectiveness at protecting the eyes when this balance is disrupted.

If you struggle with eyes that are scratchy and irritated and find yourself reaching for artificial tears frequently, there are a number of potential causes, including:

  • Meibomian gland dysfunction, which results in a blockage in your oil-producing glands
  • Blepharitis, which is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids
  • Allergic reaction to environmental irritants

The good news is that there are a number of effective solutions that can bring you long-lasting relief. The first step is a comprehensive assessment of your problem by the team at Watson Dry Eye Center.

How do you diagnose itchy eyes?

Watson Dry Eye Center takes chronic itchy eyes very seriously, which is why they’re certified for:

  • Tear testing
  • Inflammatory testing
  • Ocular allergy testing

In order to get to determine the cause of your itchy eyes, the team at Watson Dry Eye Center performs a comprehensive diagnostic analysis of your eye health with the following tools:

  • Tear film analysis
  • Gland imaging
  • Allergy testing
  • Omega-3 fatty acid analysis

With these results, Dr. Watson and her team are better able to find the appropriate treatment protocol for your itchy eyes.

How do you treat itchy eyes?

Dr. Watson and her team take a multipronged approach to treating itchy eyes in order to provide you with immediate relief, as well as long-lasting results. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for itchy eyes since it depends on the underlying cause of the irritation.

Rest assured, however, that Watson Dry Eye Center seeks the best solution for your unique situation using the most advanced technology and science, including:

  • Medications to soothe dry eyes, including Restasis®, Xiidra®, and TrueTear®
  • Punctal occlusion to slow down tear drainage
  • BlephEx® to remove debris and bacteria from your eyelids
  • LipiFlow® to restore your meibomian gland function
  • Intense pulsed light to treat ocular rosacea
  • TempSure™ Envi to tighten your eyelid tissue

If you want to find relief from itchy eyes, call Watson Dry Eye Center, or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.