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Many individuals have one form of allergic reaction or the other during certain seasons of the year. These allergies could manifest as a breakout on the skin, sneezing, coughing or other respiratory-related issues. However, you could also experience allergies in your eyes caused by weather conditions. This type of allergy is called allergic conjunctivitis.

When your eyes are exposed to an allergen, the white part of your eyes, called the conjunctiva, gets swollen and inflamed. An allergen is an external substance from the environment, so your immune system will consider it harmful, hence the negative reaction that you will feel in your eyes.

Some common allergens

Some common allergens that can react with the eyes include:

  • pet dander
  • grass and weeds
  • pollen from trees
  • dust
  • fragrance
  • smoke
  • makeup

Symptoms

It is important to take note of these common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis:

  • Red, irritated or itchy eyes
  • itchy eyelids
  • watery eyes
  • swollen eyes
  • burning sensation in the eyes
  • sore eyelids
  • sensitivity to light.

Getting relief from an allergy

One might think that you just need to stay away from allergens. However, this is not the case because allergens are everywhere in your environment at all times so, you can’t avoid them completely.

If you experience seasonal conjunctivitis, the only way out is to visit your eye care provider. Your doctor will examine your allergy and recommend the right treatment plan to handle it all through that season which could include one or more of these:

  • over-the-counter allergy eye drops,
  • prescription eye drops,
  • use of cold compress,
  • oral medications.

We also recommend that you go for routine check-ups while undergoing treatment to monitor your eye health and ensure that it is in good shape at all times. Contact us for more helpful information on eye care during the various seasons of the year.