Great question. You report two symptoms: itching and burning. When both symptoms are present - the two most common causes are: 1. Allergic conjunctiivits 2. Blepharitis. Dry eye is a third but less common cause. The best medications to try are called combination antihistamines and Mast Cell Stabilizers. These typically require a prescription. In the US - the most popular medication is called Patanol (Olopatadine is the chemical name) - and an online search shows that this medication is available in the UK. Other similar medications include Zaditor (ketotifen) and Elestat (Epinastine). So - again - this is the first area try.
The second area to work on is something called blepharitis - which is essentially clogged oil glands in the eyelids. Blepharitis is very common - and is not an infection - rather - and infection. The treatment for blepharitis typically starts with warming of the eyelids with warm compresses for 10 minutes once of twice a day, plus lid scrubs (such as those made by Ocusoft)
Overall - these two conditions can be successfully treated with over the counter medications to start - but if the symptoms do not resolve - then stronger treatments may be required. Typically - I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist so that you can be specifically diagnosed.
Hello, as I can't get these OTC, can you help me to find a doctor in London, UK?
Yes - I am looking that up now. I know a number of doctors in London - so I am using google maps to see how far they are from you.
I'm doing as well :) I found London eye clinic, where I booked the appointment now.
The doctor I know at the Center is Dan Reinstein - but it looks like they have a number of eye doctors at the center.
OK, I used already http://www.londonoc.co.uk. I'll save your recommendations about treatments for my information.
I just checked London Eye clinic. Although i do not personally know the doctors - they look very qualified to examine you and help determine the next steps
Good luck - and feel free to follow up with additional questions
yep and they have great prices as well :) but health is more important
OK, thanks. I'll go tomorrow. If I'll have some additional questions, I'll do.