Symptoms of eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, include watery, itchy, red, sore, swollen, and/or stinging of the eyes. Itching of the eyes is one of the most common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Frequently one eye may be more symptomatic than the other.
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) is the most common form of eye allergy, with grass and ragweed pollens being the most important seasonal triggers. Perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC) is also very common, with animal dander, feathers, and dust mites being the most important triggers.
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Treatment of Eye Allergies
Frequently, allergic eye conditions are a result of or are aggravated by dry eye. A good tear film over the eye is important for washing away irritants and providing helpful proteins in fighting off these irritants.
Fortunately, we have been highly successful in treating eye allergies with several different medical treatments depending on severity. Treatment can make a big difference just in reducing one’s pre-occupation with one’s eyes.
Contact Wearers & LASIK
So many contact lens wearers give up on their contact lenses because of allergic discomfort. Treatment with medicated eye drops and/or treatment for dry eye can make a great difference in comfort.
For those considering Lasik Surgery, treatment for allergic eye conditions is particularly important. Allergic eye conditions can interfere with healing after Lasik Surgery and therefore should be treated prior to the surgery. Patients with more severe forms of lid allergy should consider other options.