Eye Conditions and Treatment

Allergic Conjunctivitis is treated in the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Faculty Practice

Allergic Conjunctivitis

Itchy, burning and watery eyes, sneezing and a runny nose? It's hay fever season again! Allergies to ragweed and other pollens cause millions of Americans discomfort. Pollens are often the culprits behind allergic eye irritation, but there are other causes too. Allergic reactions to drugs, for example, may cause the eyes to itch and swell. The eyelids and the conjunctiva are easily affected in an allergic reaction. The conjunctiva is a membrane that lines the inside of the eyelids and extends over the front of the white part of the eye (sclera). Inflammation of the conjunctiva caused by an allergy is called allergic conjunctivitis.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Main symptom is itching of the eyes
  • Redness and burning of the eyes
  • Excessive tearing

Treatment and Prevention

  • Eliminate or reduce exposure to the allergen
  • Take medications to lessen the allergic reaction
  • A cold compress applied to the eyes can afford temporary relief from itching
  • Ocular lubricants or medicated drops - vasoconstrictors,antihistamines, Cromolyn sodium (Opticrom), corticosteroid drops

Eye Facts logo linkFor a deeper understanding of the diagnosis and treatment plan for allergic conjunctivitis, see Allergic Conjunctivitis Eye Facts.