An eye allergy or allergic conjunctivitis is a condition when the eyes react to an allergen or trigger, making them red, itchy, hurt, irritated, tearful, stinging and/or swollen.
The most common causes of eye allergies are seasonal allergens such as mold and pollen. Year-round eye allergies could be from indoor allergens like dust mites and animal dander.
Common Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis
- burry vision
- watery eyes
- burning sensation
- eyelid swelling
- sensitivity to light
Common Eye Allergy Triggers
Anything can trigger an eye allergy, below are some of the common triggers of eye allergies.
- pet dander
- dust mites
Diagnosis and Treatment
An allergist or healthcare provider can diagnose an eye allergy and provide the best form of treatment for the symptoms.
Doctors may suggest treating eye allergies with antihistamines and/or decongestants in the form of eye drops or oral medications.