Why Are My Eyeballs on Fire? 7 Possible Causes – Healthline
Eye pain is a common problem with a wide range of causes. If it feels like your eyeballs are on fire, it could be a sign of several conditions, ranging from minor to very serious. It could be something temporary or a sign of a chronic condition that you’ll need to deal with for many years to come.
While some causes of burning eye pain resolve on their own, others can lead to lasting vision damage if they’re not quickly treated by a medical professional.
Keep reading to learn more about the most common causes of burning eye pain as well as symptoms and treatment options that you might need to consider.
Dry eye syndrome is a very common cause of eye pain and itching. It happens when your eyes don’t have the moisture they need to work properly.
This can happen because your eyes don’t make enough tears or if the tears your eyes do make don’t do a good enough job of keeping your eyes wet.
Common symptoms of dry eye syndrome include:
- red eyes
- blurry vision
- sensitivity to light
Over-the-counter (OTC) eye drops are often enough to treat dry eye syndrome. Lifestyle changes, such as using a humidifier and drinking enough water, can also be beneficial.
But when dry eye is severe, you might need to see a doctor to look into stronger treatments, including:
- prescription eye drops
- tear duct plugs
Eye infections can cause eye pain, redness, and itching. Some eye infections, like conjunctivitis, are minor and easily treated. But other eye infections are extremely serious and require urgent treatment.
Common eye infections include:
- Conjunctivitis: Conjunctivitis is a bacterial or viral infection commonly known as “pink eye” that causes eye redness, itching, watering, and discharge. It’s also very easy to spread to others. Antibiotic eye drops can help treat bacterial conjunctivitis.
- Keratitis: Keratitis happens when your cornea (the see-through tissue at the front of your eyeball) gets infected or injured. It causes eye redness, eye pain, and blurred vision. Keratitis requires urgent medical attention because it can lead to vision loss if it’s not treated.
- Endophthalmitis: Endophthalmitis is a severe eye infection inside your eyeball that causes intense eye pain, eye swelling, blurry vision, and eye discharge. This condition is a medical emergency — treatment with antibiotics is usually needed quickly before vision loss starts to occur.
Around 40 percent of people in North American experience some kind of eye irritation that results from allergies to environmental irritants, like pollen, mold, animal dander, or air pollution.
Some allergic reactions may only affect your eyes, but many people with allergies also experience a stuffy nose and other respiratory symptoms.
Allergy symptoms that can affect your eyes include:
Allergies can be treated with oral antihistamines or eye drops containing antihistamines. If you have mild allergies, OTC antihistamines like Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Allegra (loratadine) should be enough to help you get relief from your symptoms.
If your allergies are severe, an allergist, which is a doctor who …….