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Treatment for Burning Eyes

Sujata Iyer
Burning eyes can be an irritating ordeal and can get out of hand if not treated in time. Learn more about what you can do about burning eyes.
Many people complain of itchy, scratchy, burning, and irritated eyes. This is the most common eye problem that people have. If you're experiencing the same and have no idea what to do, just read ahead. There are some possible causes and treatment options for burning eyes that you may be interested in.


  • Natural Causes: Sometimes, burning of eyes is caused due to natural irritants like pollen, dust, sand, etc.
  • Allergies: Sometimes, your eyes are extra sensitive to certain environmental factors or substances which could cause allergies, which in turn, makes your eyes burn.
  • Eyeglasses: Sometimes, extensive use of eyeglasses for reading can also cause eyes to burn.
  • Pollution: Pollutants, like smoke and smog also affect the eyes. They can cause severe irritation to the eyes and cause them to burn.
  • Infection: Bacterial or viral eye infections are another cause of burning eyes.
  • Chemical Irritants: If you live near a chemical plant and are experiencing burning eyes, then it is possible that your eyes are acting out, warning you against the fumes from the chemical plant or your eyes came in contact with some other chemical, like chlorine from a swimming pool.
  • Pink Eye: Pink eye or conjunctivitis, is the inflammation of the conjunctiva. This also causes burning in the eyes.
  • Ultra Violet Rays: Sometimes, exposure to UV rays can also cause eyes to burn. Though you may not realize it instantly, it can be one of the causes for burning eyes.


  • Itching in the eye
  • Redness of the eye
  • Severe burning sensation in the eye
  • Secretion of any watery substance, other than tears, from the eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Discomfort due to eye stye

Relief for Burning Eyes

  • Wet a cloth with cold water and apply it to your eyes. This is a soothing remedy for itching and burning eyes.
  • Splash cold water on your face, with your eyes closed. This will help in cooling the eyes.
  • Spray rose water on two cotton swabs and keep them on your eyelids for a while. They will relax and cool your eyes.
  • Aloe vera is another natural remedy. You can use aloe vera in two ways - either squeeze the juice directly onto your eyelids or apply the juice on a cloth and dab your eyelids with it.
  • Warm compresses also help. But instead of water, use lavender oil.
  • Allergic burning can be controlled once you get to know what is causing the allergy. So stop using any product that you think could be causing your eyes to burn.
  • Make a mixture of ground onion (1), poppy seeds and black pepper seeds (1 spoon each). Put this mixture in half a cup of milk to prepare a homemade cream for soothing your eyes. Apply this and let it dry (this will usually take 15 minutes). Then wash it off with warm water.
  • Elderberry blossom tea (when chilled) can be used as an excellent eyewash for treatment of burning eyes.
  • Artificial tears and eye drops, that have been prescribed by your ophthalmologist, can also be used for relieving the discomfort of burning or itching eyes.
In addition to these, eat a lot of carrots, protect your eyes with sunglasses, use safe cosmetics and avoid straining your eyes by constant reading or use of computers and television. These are easy steps that you can take to preserve and protect your gorgeous eyes!