Get your burning eye looked at sooner rather than later
The symptom of burning eyes is very often indicative of dry eyes. Although dry eyes are a serious eye condition, appropriate treatment is available if you get your eyes looked at sooner rather than later. Burning eyes are often felt as stinging or burning eyes associated with some sensitivity to the light, often with redness and may have grittiness. The eyes do not necessarily look abnormal, but you experience the burning and stinging sensation from your dry eyes. The vision can be blurred as a result.
Whenever someone has eye discomfort especially if there is redness associated you have to find the possible causes of your eye discomfort. You can find out based on specific factors regarding your symptoms and the appearance of the eyes and whether there are visual problems associated such as blurred vision.
Burning eyes can be triggered by dry eyes, but also by allergens and other irritants such preservatives in eye drops. They can be accompanied by either a runny or stuffy nose. Burning and stinging eyes are most often caused by dry eyes. It is an eye discomfort very often with sensitivity to light and the appearance of excess tearing, particularly when they feel burning or are exposed to light. There can be a stringy mucus in or around the eye, and the vision can be blurred. That is worst at the end of the day when using computer screens and iPad laptop screens for long hours and also worsened by dry air conditions or warm air.
What is blepharitis?
Burning eyes can also be caused by blepharitis. This is inflammation of the eyelids where the tiny oily glands located close the lashes on the eyelid margin become blocked, and there is less oil in the front of the tear film to protect the tear film from evaporation. Burning eyes from blepharitis can be very uncomfortable, and it can be unsightly because the eyelids are red. Usually, it does not permanently damage your eyesight and neither is it contagious, but it can cause dryness and ulceration and requires investigating and treating. The symptoms of blepharitis include:
- burning eyes
- watery eyes
- red eyes
- gritty stinging sensation
- eyelids that look swollen and red
- flaking of the skin on the eyelids
- little deposits of crustiness on the eyelashes, particularly on waking
- the eyes want to blink more and are sensitive to light
- loss of eyelashes or mal-direction
To distinguish a burning eye from a dry eye such as with rosacea, diabetes, post-laser refractive surgery, occupational or genetic or whether you have blepharitis or a combination of both you will require an ophthalmologist to look at your eyes and examine them on the slit lamp. The ophthalmologist who looks after burning eyes is often a general ophthalmologist with a more specialised interest in the surface of the eyes and the tear film.
At Clinica London, we have several consultants who are suitably trained to assess and treat your burning eyes.They can advise you, and they can do special tests. This includes e.g. tear osmolarity and slit lamp Fluorescein dye tests, plus observation of the functioning of the meibomian glands. The consultant can advise you on what the various best treatments are for you, to have either both at home and here at Clinica London. The benefits of having your eyes assessed if they are burning are that you can reduce the burning or even stop the burning eyes in their tracks with the help of an ophthalmologist.
Clinica London ophthalmologists are available every day of the week to help you with your burning eye. Nowadays the treatment of burning eye is not just with a single simple lubricating drop, but there are many options which can be tailored to your particular problem. Whether it is a dry eye with reflex watering from lack of healthy oil from the meibomian glands, an aqueous deficiency dry eye or predominantly blepharitis with crusts and meibomian gland dysfunction.
If you have a burning eye the next step you should take is to get advice from a professional about what is causing it. Then you can be reassured that it is not representing a sight-threatening eye disease and you can obtain the treatment that you will require.