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Eye Allergies (cont.)

What Are Eye Allergy Symptoms and Signs?

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Itching is the most common symptom of any allergic reaction, and this is also true for allergic conjunctivitis. In addition to ocular itching, the following eye allergy symptoms and signs are also commonly reported:

  • Redness
  • Tearing
  • Burning sensation
  • Mattering and/or mucous production
  • Mild swelling around the eyes
  • Importantly, symptoms of pain, blurred vision, double vision, or changes in vision are not typical for allergic conjunctivitis and warrant prompt medical attention.

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Eye Allergies?

Although allergies often improve with avoidance of the allergen, this is often not practically feasible. If symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis are adversely affecting quality of life, seeking care from an allergist or ophthalmologist (a medical doctor specializing in eye care and surgery) may help provide symptomatic relief. There are a host of options to help manage symptoms, including environmental control measures, medical therapy, and allergen immunotherapy.

If an individual is experiencing any changes in vision, such as blurred vision, floaters, or double vision, this warrants prompt medical evaluation, typically with an ophthalmologist.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/15/2016
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