Eye burning is a vision disturbance that is manifested by a burning sensation in and around the eyes. Most of the time, the eye burning is accompanied with other symptoms such as: itching, redness, blurred vision, excessive tearing, increased sensitivity to light, eye discharge and foreign body sensation.

The most frequent causes of eye burning are:

  • Exposure to irritants such as: dust, cigarette smoke, face makeup, household cleaners
  • Prolonged use of contact lenses and / or backlit devices like PCs and tablets
  • Presence of other diseases in which eye burning is a symptom (allergies, conjunctivitis, uveitis, etc.).


What kind of diseases can be associated with eye burning?

The following diseases may be associated with eye burning:

  • Allergies
  • Blepharitis
  • Periorbital cellulitis
  • Bacterial Conjunctivitis
  • Viral conjunctivitis
  • Wegner's granulomatosis
  • Rosacea
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Uveitis and iritis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for eye burning?

It is necessary for the accidental factors that can be the basis of the condition, known as irritants to be eliminated (e.g. dust, cigarette smoke) by: frequently airing the rooms and avoiding the use of substances (such as cleansers and make up).

The use of artificial tears, rinsing with saline solutions and cold wraps for the eyes also helps. The pharmacological treatment (antihistamines, antibiotics) depends on the type of the root cause.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of eye burning?

A doctor should be contacted if the eye burning does not improve within a few days or the patient is diagnosed with some of the associated diseases (see list of associated diseases).