Allergies and eye pain:
An ocular allergy, is an allergic reaction to something that comes into contact with the eyes. Such allergies usually affect both eyes.
Some potential allergens that can trigger an eye allergy include:
- pollen from flowers or grains
- mold spores
- dust mites, demodex
- ingredients in skin care products and other cosmetics
Symptoms of an eye allergy include:
- redness and swelling of the eyelids
- grittiness or itchiness of the eyes
- watery eyes
- sensitivity to light
The treatment for an eye allergy involves identifying and then avoiding the allergen that triggers the allergy.
People may also find relief using over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines and non preserved eye drops to help rinse out the allergen. If a person experiences severe or persistent symptoms, your are best to seek advise from a MECS Optometrist.