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Eye Allergy Causes and Treatments
Eye allergies can cause inflammation of the conjunctiva -
if you have an allergy, your immune system identifies something as an invader or allergen. This reaction usually causes symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, intestinal tract or the eyes. The most common allergen is pollen, which is seasonal. Some people are susceptible to allergies at any time of year.
Most people suffering from eye allergies have problems in both eyes. Symptoms may appear quickly, soon after the eyes have come into contact with the allergen. The most common symptom occurs when the eyes become irritated, the small blood vessels widen and the eyes become pink or red. Some people experience pain in one or both eyes. Other symptoms include swollen eyelids, a burning sensation, and sore or tender eyes.
There are many different treatment options, depending on the severity of the symptoms. As with any allergy, the first approach to managing eye allergies should be avoiding the allergens that trigger your symptoms. However, avoiding airborne allergens isn’t always possible. That is when medications may be helpful.
Prescription eye drops and oral medications can also treat eye allergies. Prescription eye drops provide both short-
Did You Know?
- About 50% of conjunctivitis cases seen by primary care physicians are actually allergic in nature.
- Eye allergies may be more common than nasal allergies in some areas, especially in the southern United States.
- Eye allergies are annoying and uncomfortable, but they usually do not harm your eyes.