Are you experiencing burning eyes? This could be why

Mr Amit Chatterjee is a resident of Siliguri and an avid fan of online games. Last month, he began experiencing a stinging sensation in the eyes that lasted for 2-3 days. He did what most of try to do in such a situation – reduced his screen time, rinsed his eyes with lukewarm water, and try to see if some irritant was stuck in his eyes but to no avail. When he did not get relief , he thought of consulting an eye specialist. Upon consulting an eye specialist in Siliguri, he learnt that he has been suffering from dry eye syndrome, which is quite common among computer users.

The eye specialist told him that when people spend too much time looking at digital screens, they tend to blink less. When people blink less, the tears in the eyes have more time to evaporate, resulting in dryness which causes a burning sensation.


Many people experience a burning sensation in their eyes and there can be several possible causes, ranging from dry eye syndrome to eye infections.


Over here we discuss some common eye problems that can cause burning eyes:


  • Blepharitis: One of the common causes of burning eyes can be blepharitis. It is an inflammation of the eyelids that causes a stinging sensation in the eyes. Along with that, the eyes also get red and watery. The eyelids may also swell and be itchy. Usually, it occurs in both eyes at the same time. It happens when the oil glands near the base of the eyelashes are clogged. It doesn’t cause damage to your eyesight and can be controlled with eye drops and antibiotics, more info can be found on


  • Dry eye syndrome: As we talked about it earlier, dry eye syndrome is a condition when the eyes do not produce enough tears. Along with burning sensation, dry eyes syndrome also causes itchiness in the eyes. If you have dry eye syndrome, your eyes may feel fatigued and heavy. Even though ageing is most contributing reason for dry eye, other reasons such as lifestyle, excessive screen time, geography and occupation can also contribute to this. It is one of the most common eye problems among adults today. A study published in The Ocular Surface has predicted that the disease will be prevalent in nearly 40% of if India’s urban population by 2030.
  • Eye allergies: Smog, smoke, pet dander, pollen, wearing contact lenses for long periods, shampoo ingredients, chlorine from swimming pool, eye makeup, skin moisturisers, etc, can cause your eyes to burn. These are some of the common eye irritants that cause burning eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis can also lead to burning in the eyes. To alleviate the discomfort, you must first safely rinse your eyes. If your burning eyes are accompanied by pain or vision problems, you should right away consult an eye specialist.


  • Ocular Rosacea: Along with burning sensation, ocular rosacea causes redness, and itching on the eyes. It usually happens to people who have rosacea, a skin condition that affects the face. Though there’s no cure for ocular rosacea, its symptoms can be managed with medication and eye care. The eye symptoms and skin symptoms can appear simultaneously.


  • Pterygium: A Pterygium is a condition that is characterised by the growth of the conjunctiva, the white portion of the eyes. The exact cause of Pterygium is not known. Usually, it doesn’t cause any symptoms but in some cases, it can cause eye irritation and stinging sensation. Though it may not require any treatment, if it interferes with your vision then an eye specialist needs to be consulted at the earliest.

You may experience a stinging sensation in your eyes at some point in your life. There can be varied reasons for it. To seek appropriate eye treatment, it’s best to identify the underlying cause. Our neglect and ignorance can lead to aggravation of the problem, which could’ve been treated easily at an earlier stage. If you are experiencing burning eyes, you should see an eye specialist as soon as possible.


Vision Care Tips: Over 60 Years Of Age

Mrs. Ray, a resident of Siliguri, was experiencing eye pain and blurry vision. She was not in the habit of consulting with eye specialists, and there was a gap of years because she did not face any trouble with her vision previously. This unexpected pain, and difficulty in seeing, upset her greatly. So, she went to see a doctor who informed her that she was suffering from glaucoma. Glaucoma could occur at any age, but it mostly affects people in their 60s and 70s. Vision changes with age. If you are above the age of 60, it is essential to know whether the change in the vision you are experiencing is age-related, or a sign of a serious eye condition. Eye conditions like glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration develop without any warning signs, making it difficult to realize what they are, until they are quite advanced. Maintain a good eye health as you age and go for regular eye check-ups to avoid unforeseen circumstances.

Vision Care Tips: Over 60 Years of Age
We shall discuss some important tips to keep your vision healthy after the age of 60:

1. Schedule an annual eye examination: After the age of 60, it is advisable to take a comprehensive eye examination each year. Besides acuity test, comprehensive test includes a dilated eye test which helps the eye specialist to check the health of your optic nerve, as well the retina. With the help of the dilated test, your doctor can detect signs of eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye conditions. The earlier eye conditions are detected, the better are the chances of retaining good vision. Many progressive eye diseases can cause an irreversible damage to your eyes, therefore annual eye examinations are crucial to eyecare. Book appointment now at Disha Eye Hospitals

There are several health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that can adversely affect your vision, especially at an advanced age. Regular eye examinations could guide you in the way of medical treatment early, in that way you retain your good vision. Book an appointment with some of the best eye specialists at Disha Eye Hospitals.  Considering the current outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, you could also book an online consultation.

2. Eat a well-balanced meal: Regardless of your age, you must maintain a well-balanced diet. However, after the age of 60, you should particularly add a few important foods to your diet. Foods rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A, and C, are important to the health of your eyes. Green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli and collard are also good for your eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids are good for the health of the macula, the part of the eye that is responsible for central vision. You can include fatty fish like salmon in your diet or take Omega-3 supplements. Do consult your eye doctor before taking any supplements.

3. Get sufficient sleep: With age, the tear production goes down making your eyes more susceptible to dry eye syndrome. Sometimes it can cause painful symptoms, especially in old age. Adequate sleep is a good way to keep your eyes lubricated. When you sleep, your eyes get continuous lubrication. This helps in clearing out debris and dust.

4. Exercise regularly: Exercises will help you keep blood sugar levels and blood pressure in control. This is very important for your eyes. Yoga, swimming, and walking are some of the low-impact exercises that you can perform on a regular basis.

Disha Eye Hospitals,  cater to patients of all ages. We offer treatment for cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other eye conditions. People from all walks of life visit our hospitals for the best-quality eye care at an affordable cost.