Skip to Content

Join the 'Eye Redness / Itching' group to help and get support from people like you.

Eye Redness / Itching News

Health Tip: Protect Your Child's Eyes

Posted 15 days ago by

T – Children can get eye injuries from everyday play or exposure to harmful objects. But parents can take steps to help prevent these injuries. The University of Michigan Health System suggests: Never let children throw things at each other. Establish a rule about never running while holding an object that is sharp, long or pointed. Store all cleaning products out of a child's reach. Store clothes hangers in the closet. Set a good example by wearing eye protection whenever needed. Schedule regular eye exams for your child. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Abrasion, Corneal Ulcer

Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccines Linked to Rare Eye Inflammation

Posted 17 days ago by

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 – The vaccine for chickenpox and shingles has been linked to inflammation of the eye's cornea, but the number of such cases is small, a new study says. "Keratitis, or inflammation of the clear layer on the front of the eye, is a vision issue that can cause serious complications or even permanent damage to your vision if left untreated," Dr. Frederick Fraunfelder, chair of the ophthalmology department and director of the University of Missouri Eye Institute, said in a university news release. Researchers found 20 cases of keratitis in children and adults that occurred within a month of receiving a chickenpox or shingles vaccine. Symptoms of the disorder developed within 24 days of vaccination among adults. In children, symptoms began within 14 days of vaccination, the researchers said. The researchers said there is a probable relationship between the vaccine and ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Herpes Zoster, Zostavax, Varicella-Zoster, Keratitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Varicella Virus Vaccine, Corneal Ulcer, Corneal Abrasion, Herpes Zoster Iridocyclitis, Measles Virus Vaccine/Mumps Virus Vaccine/Rubella Virus Vaccine/Varicella Virus Vaccine, Visual Defect/Disturbance, ProQuad, Vaccination and Prophlaxis, Varicella-Zoster - Prophylaxis, Zoster Vaccine Live, Varivax

Falls, Fights Cause Most Serious Eye Injuries: Study

Posted 16 Nov 2015 by

MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 – Falls and fights are the leading causes of eye injuries that land people in the hospital, a new study finds. Also, the cost of treating such injuries is going up. The analysis of data from nearly 47,000 people hospitalized for eye injuries between 2002 and 2011 showed that treatment costs rose 62 percent during that time and is now more than $20,000 per injury. "While we have some clues, we still can't be certain why it's more expensive to get treated for an eye injury now than before," wrote lead researcher Dr. Christina Prescott, an ophthalmology professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "It could be related to drug prices or administrative costs. Either way, it's clear we need more targeted interventions to help reduce these types of injuries, many of which are preventable," she added. Falls were the leading cause of eye injuries and accounted for ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Head Injury, Fracture, bone, Eye Redness/Itching, Visual Defect/Disturbance

Most Contact Lens Wearers Take Chances With Their Eyes: CDC

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Most contact lens wearers close their eyes to safety recommendations, a new U.S. government study finds. Nearly all of the 41 million Americans who use contact lenses admit they engage in at least one type of risky behavior that can lead to eye infections, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Thursday. And nearly one-third of contact lens wearers have sought medical care for potentially preventable problems such as painful or red eyes, they said. "Good vision contributes to overall well-being and independence for people of all ages, so it's important not to cut corners on healthy contact lens wear and care," Dr. Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC, said in an agency news release. "We are finding that many wearers are unclear about how to properly wear and care for contact lenses," Cope said. CDC researchers ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Conjunctivitis, Conjunctivitis - Bacterial, Blepharitis, Eye Redness/Itching, Corneal Abrasion, Corneal Ulcer, Visual Defect/Disturbance, Myopia

Be Careful With That Eyeliner

Posted 7 Apr 2015 by

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – Applying pencil eyeliner to the inner eyelid increases the risk that particles will get into the eye and cause vision problems, a new study warns. Volunteers first applied glitter eyeliner outside the lash line and then on the inner lid closer to the eye. Within five minutes, 15 percent to 30 percent more eyeliner particles moved into the eye's tear film – the thin coating protecting the eye – when eyeliner was applied to the inner eyelid, compared to outside the lash line. Particles also moved more quickly into the eye itself when eyeliner was applied inside the lash line, according to study leader Alison Ng, of the Center for Contact Lens Research at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Eyeliner particles in the tear film may cause discomfort for people with sensitive or dry eyes, and can also adhere to contact lenses and accumulate if used for more than ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Redness/Itching

Protect Your Eyes When Hitting the Pool

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – Chlorine helps keep pool water clean, but it can also make swimmers more likely to develop eye infections, doctors say. Pool swimmers can also develop red, irritated eyes as well as blurry vision, said Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency room physician at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in New Jersey. It's important to understand why this happens, Davis said. Swimming in chlorinated pools washes away the outer film layer of the eye that helps protect against infection. And chlorine might not completely rid the water of dirt and bacteria. As a result, swimmers may develop pink eye or other eye infections, Davis explained. Chlorine can irritate the cornea and cause the eyes to become dry. This can lead to blurry vision. Davis provided several tips to help swimmers prevent or ease these uncomfortable symptoms: To prevent eye issues while swimming, wear ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Redness/Itching

Health Tip: Help Control Eye Allergy Symptoms

Posted 22 Feb 2013 by

-- If your eyes are red, itchy and watery because of allergies, there are steps you can take to help ease your discomfort. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology offers this advice: When heading outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat to help prevent pollen from blowing into the eyes. Wear sunglasses when outdoors to help shield the eyes from allergens. After spending time outside, use eye drops to help rinse allergens from the eyes. Talk with your doctor about taking medication to help relieve symptoms. Read more

Related support groups: Eye Redness/Itching

Swallowing Nasal Sprays, Eye Drops Can Harm Kids, FDA Warns

Posted 26 Oct 2012 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 26 – Over-the-counter eye drops or nasal decongestant sprays can pose a serious health threat to children who swallow them and should be kept out of the reach of kids at all times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These products – sold under brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as generic and store brands – contain active ingredients called imidazoline derivatives. "Children who swallow even miniscule amounts of these products can have serious adverse effects," FDA pharmacist Yelena Maslov said in an agency news release. Between 1985 and 2012, there were 96 reported cases in which children aged 1 month to 5 years accidentally swallowed products containing imidazoline derivatives in the United States. Although there were no reported deaths, 53 of the children had to be hospitalized due to symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleepiness, fast ... Read more

Related support groups: Nasal Congestion, Eye Dryness/Redness, Afrin, Visine, Oxymetazoline, Clear Eyes, Naphcon, Eye Redness/Itching, Tetrahydrozoline, Vision Clear, Twice-A-Day, Eye Moisturizing Relief, Nostrilla, Naphazoline, Redness Relief, 12 Hour Nasal, Clear Eyes Extra Relief, Geneyes, Privine, Four-Way Nasal Spray

FDA Medwatch Alert: Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays: Drug Safety Communication - Serious Adverse Events From Accidental Ingestion by Children

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning healthcare professionals and the public that accidental ingestion by children of over-the-counter eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays can result in serious and life-threatening adverse events. The eye drops and nasal sprays that have been involved in the cases of accidental ingestion contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline. The cases of accidental ingestion reviewed by FDA occurred in children 5 years of age and younger. No deaths were reported; however, serious events requiring hospitalization such as nausea, vomiting, lethargy, tachycardia, decreased respiration, bradycardia, hypotension, hypertension, sedation, somnolence, mydriasis, stupor, hypothermia, drooling, and coma have occurred. Ingestion of only a small amount (1-2 mL; for reference, there are 5 mL in a teaspoon) of the eye drops or ... Read more

Related support groups: Nasal Congestion, Eye Dryness/Redness, Afrin, Visine, Oxymetazoline, Clear Eyes, Naphcon, Eye Redness/Itching, Tetrahydrozoline, Vision Clear, Twice-A-Day, Eye Moisturizing Relief, Nostrilla, Redness Relief, Naphazoline, Four-Way Nasal Spray, 12 Hour Nasal, Clear Eyes Extra Relief, Geneyes, Privine

FDA Medwatch Alert: MBI Distributing, Inc. [Molecular Biologics] Over-The-Counter Eye Drops and Pain-Relieving Drugs

Posted 30 Nov 2005 by

[Posted 11/30/2005] FDA notified consumers, caregivers, and healthcare professionals that MBI Distributing, Inc. (MBI), also known as Molecular Biologics, an over-the-counter [OTC] drug manufacturer of eye drops and other products will cease manufacturing and distributing drugs until it corrects manufacturing deficiencies and other violations. MBI's product line includes eye drops sold under the brand names Oxydrops, Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes II, Clarity Vision for Life, Visitein, and Can-C, as well as several OTC pain relieving drugs. These products are sold by retailers nationwide.FDA determined that the firm lacked manufacturing controls to ensure that its eye drops were sterile. FDA has also determined that two of the firm's eye drop brands, Visitein and Clarity Vision for Life, are unapproved drugs. In addition, three of the firm's OTC pain relieving drugs, Biogesic, Bio-Ice, and ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Dryness/Redness, Eye Redness/Itching

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Eye Conditions

Related Drug Support Groups

Naphcon, Naphcon-A, triprolidine, fluorometholone, FML, pemirolast, Zymine, Flarex, Opcon-A, view more... FML Forte Liquifilm, FML SOP, AK-Dilate, Visine-A, Alamast, Tripohist, Vanahist PD, Clear Eyes ACR, Ocuhist, Mydfrin, AK-Con-A, Nazil Ofteno, All Clear, FML Liquifilm, Relief, Isopto Frin, Histex Syrup, Eflone, Ocu-Phrin, Prefrin, Visine Advanced Relief, AK-Nefrin, Neo-Synephrine Ophthalmic, Phenoptic, Visine AC, Degest 2, VasoClear, Neofrin, OcuClear, Altafrin, eyebright, tetrahydrozoline / zinc sulfate, naphazoline / pheniramine, naphazoline / zinc sulfate, povidone / tetrahydrozoline, All Clear AR, Albalon, Allersol, Allerest Eye Drops, Ocu-Zoline, Zymine XR, Estivin II, AK-Con, Naphcon Forte, Vasocon, Nafazair, Fluor-Op