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2023 Jan 10

J Fr Ophtalmol

[From ocular itching to eye rubbing: a review of the literature].


Hage A, Knoeri J, Leveziel L, Majoulet A, Buffault J, Labbé A, Baudouin C
J Fr Ophtalmol. 2023 Jan 10.
PMID: 36635208.


Ocular itching and eye rubbing are frequent complaints in an ophthalmology practice. Numerous studies address the consequences of eye rubbing, such as keratoconus. However, there are few studies concerning the pathophysiology of itching, its transmission pathways, or its interactions with eye rubbing. Through this literature review, we will address the various clinical, physiological and therapeutic aspects of this pair of symptoms with a variety of ocular consequences. We will then describe the state of the art in itching and scratching in dermatology, in order to draw a parallel between these two vicious cycles. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of ocular itching and eye rubbing, as well as new studies based on dermatological data, might allow more appropriate clinical management of our patients and their symptoms.