Eye allergy symptoms can be irritating
In eye allergy our immune system recognize few harmless substance as harmful and react against it leading to allergic manifestation.
The primary types of eye allergy are
- Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis- SAC
- Perennial allergic conjunctivitis- PAC
- Vernal keratoconjunctivitis
- Atopic keratoconjunctivitis
- Contact allergic conjunctivitis
- Giant papillary conjunctivitis.
The most common allergen include
- Mold spores
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
Most common symptoms include:
- Watery eyes
- Itchiness in the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Eyelid swelling
These symptoms can occur alone or along with allergic rhinitis nasal symptoms.
- Consult with allergist
- Eye allergy symptoms can be very annoying
- Over-the-counter oral antihistamines and eye drops are often used for short-term. However, prolonged use of some eye drops can cause rebound of symptoms.
- Artificial tears
- Corticosteroid eye drops are effective, but they often have side effects.
Oral anti-histamines. Over the counter or prescribed antihistamines.
Prescription eye drops. Eye drops which may be helpful include topical antihistamines, topical mast cell stabilizers, and topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. When very severe, topical steroid drops may be prescribed as well.
Topical antihistamines may be helpful and include:
When symptoms are very severe, topical steroids may be needed, but should only be used for severe symptoms and under the close guidance of a physician.
Avoid triggers by followings
- Keep windows closed during high pollen season
- Use air conditioner or air purifier in your home and car.
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors
- Use “mite-proof” bedding covers
- Wash your hands after petting any animal.