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Allergy-Related Eye Problems

Eye allergies (or allergic conjunctivitis) is a very common condition. Usually allergy-related eye problems are accompanied by other symptoms such as sneezing, scratchy throat, and stuffy or runny nose.

Symptoms of an Eye Allergy

The kind of symptoms associated with allergy-related eye problems depends on the type of allergy. For example, a common form of eye allergy is seasonal and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (SAC and PAC). Symptoms are triggered by environmental factors, such as dust or pollen, and may include:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Eye redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Clear, watery discharge

Other forms of allergy-related eye problems are: vernal keratoconjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, contact allergic conjunctivitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis. Because allergy-related eye problems can share symptoms with other eye diseases, it’s important to see your eye doctor for accurate diagnosis and rule out a serious condition that may cause vision loss. Because there is no cure for allergies, treatment of symptoms is the best way to manage the condition and impact on your eyes.