Itchy, red, burning eyes! Why does nature do this to us.
Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, are a common condition in which the eyes become inflamed and irritated in response to an allergen. This can be pollen (especially spring and fall time), dust, pet dander, cosmetic products, or even medications. When the eyes are exposed to an allergen, the body releases histamine and other chemicals, leading to symptoms such as:
- Watery or teary eyes
- Swelling of the eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
Eye allergies can be seasonal or year-round. The sinuses are found behind the eye area and so often symptoms such as congestion, sneezing and runny nose are common.
Treatment for eye allergies may include:
- Over-the-counter or prescription anti-allergy eye drops, as well as avoidance of the allergen (which we know can be hard when the outdoors is attacking us!). Try Pataday Eye Drops or LASTACAFT Daily Eye Allergy Itch Relief Drops.
- Artificial tears may also be used to help relieve dryness and irritation.
- Cold compresses over the eyes can help with swelling.
- Washing over closed eyelids daily to remove pollen and debris. Try Eye Revive by Daily Practice.
- Taking an anti-allergy pill can help with eye symptoms.
In some cases, an eye doctor may recommend stronger prescription therapies, allergy shots or other immunotherapy treatments to help reduce the body's allergic response.
It is important to consult with an eye doctor if you are experiencing persistent eye discomfort or have any concerns about eye allergies.