Symptoms of allergies in the eyes

Published on
January 5, 2023

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 50 million people in the United States have allergies, which can often affect the eyes. This number represents about 20% of the population. In this blog, we are going to discuss the symptoms of allergies in the eyes, also known as allergic conjunctivitis. 

What is allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis is a type of eye allergy that causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin, clear tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. It is a common condition that is often caused by environmental factors as well as allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander.

What are the different symptoms of allergies in the eyes?

Allergies that affect the eyes are usually accompanied by:

  • Swelling - Swelling around the eyes can be a symptom of allergies, but it's important to ensure that it's not caused by an infection, which can have more serious consequences. If you have swelling, a fever, or pain with eye movement and are unsure if it's allergy-related, it's a good idea to schedule an emergency eye exam at our Olympia eye care clinic to be on the safe side. If the swelling is only allergy-related, it may be more mild to moderate in severity.  If you are experiencing swelling, fever, and pain with eye movement, it could be a sign of a more serious cause for the swelling that requires immediate medical attention.
  • Itching - Itching in the eyes is another common symptom of allergies and can be difficult to resist the urge to rub or scratch them. However, doing so can often make the itchiness worse in the long run.
  • Red eyes - Another symptom is redness of the eyes and may appear as mild redness or pinkness in the eyes. In some cases, the redness may resemble a pink eye.
  • Watery eyes - Watering of the eyes and a stringy discharge is another symptom of allergies, which may be caused by a build-up of mucus. These symptoms are often mild to moderate in severity.
  • Sneezing - People with allergies affecting their eyes may also experience other symptoms such as a stuffy nose and sneezing.

If you are experiencing symptoms of allergies in the eyes, we welcome you to schedule an evaluation with our eye doctor in Olympia. To schedule an eye allergy appointment in Olympia, please call (360) 491-2121.

Eye allergy treatment in Olympia

Mild to moderate allergies affecting the eyes can often be treated with cool compresses, artificial tears, and over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops. These products can help alleviate symptoms such as itchy, red, and watery eyes, as well as swelling and redness. It is important to pay attention to what season or substances may be triggering your allergies and to speak to an optometrist if your symptoms persist or worsen. If these treatments are not effective or you are experiencing severe allergy symptoms, it may be necessary to see our eye doctor and get medications based on your symptoms.

Don't suffer with allergy symptoms any longer - take action and find relief today, schedule a eye allergy appointment in Olympia, WA

If you are experiencing symptoms of allergies in your eyes such as redness, swelling, itching, watering, or a discharge, it is important to take action to address the problem. Allergies left untreated can lead to more severe symptoms and can potentially impact your overall health and well-being. If you have tried over-the-counter remedies and are still experiencing symptoms, it may be necessary to see our eye doctor for further evaluation and treatment. To schedule an eye exam, please call (360) 491-2121. Patients with eye allergies visit our clinic from all over Washington, and we are proud to be a leading provider of advanced medical eye care services for patients from Olympia, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Lacey.


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