Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, is a common condition that affect millions of Americans, causing redness, tearing and many other symptoms that can impair a patient's vision and affect their overall quality of life. These symptoms are typically caused by triggers in the air; such as pollen, mold, dust or pet dander; or by certain foods or medications, which can result in a different type of allergy.

Symptoms of Allergic Conjunctivitis

Triggers affect the conjunctiva, the clear layer of skin over the eyes that is similar to the area of skin on the inside surface of the nose, another common source of allergy symptoms. Patients with eye allergies often experience the following:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue

Treatment of Allergic Conjunctivitis

Treating eye allergies can most effectively be done by avoiding the specific triggers that cause your symptoms. If avoidance is not possible, patients can apply cold compresses to the eyes or use artificial tears or over-the-counter medication to relieve symptoms. Prescription eye drops or oral medications may also be recommended to relieve symptoms of eye allergies.

Additional Resources

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American Academy of Ophthalmology American Board of Ophthalmology (ABOP) California Academy of Eye Physician and Surgeons