Allergies are your body’s natural response to certain medications or substances, often resulting in itchiness, redness, and inflammation, among other symptoms. They may occur during particular seasons of the year, or year round, depending on what you’re allergic to. If you suffer from allergies, your eyes may be affected, too. They may be red, itchy, and watery and your eyes and eyelids may even be inflamed.

Allergies are extremely common, affecting 50 million1 people in the U.S. alone.

What Causes Allergies?

When your body comes into contact with an allergen or certain medications, your immune system naturally reacts, producing a chemical called histamine. Histamine binds to tissues within the eyes which manifest as the symptoms of allergies.

Common allergens affecting the eyes include, but are not limited to, pollen, ragweed, grass, mold, weeds, dust, and pet dander.

Symptoms of Allergies

The most common symptoms of allergies include:

  • Redness
  • Excess tearing
  • Eye Itching
  • Sneezing
  • Sinus activity, such as itchy, stuffy nose

Diagnostic Test for Eye Allergies

If you suffer from eye allergies, ask your eye care professional about the Doctor’s Allergy Formula diagnostic test. The FDA-approved, in-office test helps your eye care professional identify a potential root cause of your eye allergies or irritations.

Tips for Relieving Allergy Symptoms

The best way to relieve allergy symptoms starts with avoiding allergens. For example, if you commonly experience allergic reactions during the springtime, you probably are reacting to pollen in the air, and should try to stay indoors as much as possible. Similarly, if you get allergies every time you’re in a house with pet hair, you’d be wise to avoid animals as best you can.

There are numerous non-prescription products that work to fight the symptoms of allergies including cold compresses or topical treatments.

Your eye care professional will determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

Over the Counter (OTC):

Bausch + Lomb Alaway antihistamine eye drops provide itch relief within minutes that can last up to 12 hours. If you also have redness, try Bausch + Lomb Opcon-A Antihistamine and Redness Reliever Eye Drops for temporary relief of itching and redness caused by pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair and dander.

Prescription (Rx):

For more severe eye allergies, prescription medications are available.

Contact Lenses:

Allergy sufferers that wear contact lenses may benefit from daily replacement of contact lenses with fresh, new lenses every day. Ask your eye care professional if daily disposable contact lenses are right for you.

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1 Accessed 8/21/2019.