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What’s Causing My Eyes To Burn?

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If your eyes start burning, rinsing your eyes may provide relief. If the burning persists after you've washed your eyes, a visit to your eye doctor may be in order. We can diagnose the reason your eyes are burning and help relieve the problem..

Eye Conditions That Can Cause Burning Eyes


Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that causes swollen, red eyelids and crusty debris at the base of the eyelashes. Symptoms include a stinging or burning feeling in the eyes, grittiness, and itchy eyelids.

Dry Eye Syndrome

The most common cause of burning eyes is dry eye syndrome. This is when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or aren’t able to maintain a normal layer of tears to coat your eyes. This causes the eyes to become irritated and dry, triggering a burning sensation. In severe cases, DES can harm the cornea.

Pink Eye

Pink eye (conjunctivitis) is an inflammation of the conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelid and protects the sclera), which is usually caused by a highly contagious bacterial or viral infection and can affect one or both eyes. Symptoms include itchy, burning or watery eyes.

Environmental Factors That Can Cause Burning Eyes

Environmental irritants that may cause burning eyes include smoke, perfumes, and tiny particles that get stuck in your eyes.

Fragrances - People who are sensitive to scents found in shampoo, skin cream, cologne or perfume may experience eye irritation, resulting in a burning sensation.

Allergens - Allergens in your home or in the air, such as pet dander, mold and pollen, can cause your eyes to burn, tear up and itch.

How Can I Alleviate or Treat Burning Eyes?

If you experience a burning feeling in your eyes, contact your eye doctor right away, as it may be a medical emergency. If left untreated, some conditions can result in permanent vision loss and eye damage.

Depending on the cause of your burning eyes, your eye doctor may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Artificial tears or medicated eye drops
  • Prescription steroid drops
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops
  • Decongestants and antihistamines

To receive a diagnosis and begin treatment, talk to in , , , , , who will provide you with the relief you need.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family's needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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