It is often the case that you will use eye drops to treat an infection, rewet your contact lenses, to soothe irritated eyes or prior to or after surgery. You should always administer these drops correctly and in accordance with your doctor's instructions.
The right way to use eye drops is crucial for effective treatment and a positive experience, Dr Manjunath says. He recommends using preservative-free eye drops if possible, especially those that do not contain benzalkonium chloride (BAK) as this is known to be harmful and can cause more dryness in the eye over time.
Other causes of burning eyes may be a result of allergies, infection or a condition that affects the cornea. For example, if you have an allergy to the sun, this can cause the eye's surface to become red and itchy, which can be accompanied by a burning sensation.
Environmental irritants such as smoke, dust, chemicals and pet dander can also lead to a burning sensation in the eye. If the irritant is removed, the burning should stop.
If you have a burning sensation that does not subside, make an appointment with your eye doctor to discuss your symptoms. This will help your ophthalmologist determine the best course of action.
Most cases of burning eyes can be easily treated with over-the-counter medications or a visit to your ophthalmologist for specialized care. But in rare cases, it may be a sign of a more serious condition that requires prompt medical attention.