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Do I have allergies? Why do my eyes itch?

Many people complain of itchy eyes. Sometime this is a due to dryness or inflammation in the eyelids. However, sometimes the cause is a true allergy to dust, pollen, or other environmental toxins. This causes a condition known as allergic conjunctivitis which can be so bothersome that reading, driving, and doing normal activities around the house or workplace is very difficult.

How do you know if you have allergic conjunctivitis? Many patients already have a history of seasonal allergies and have complained in the past about runny nose, post-nasal drip, and sore throat. Frequently, they have already tried systemic medications like oral antihistamines. However, your eye care professional can look for physical signs that suggest allergic conjunctivitis during your eye exam. When the signs and symptoms match then it’s time to treat.

What kind of treatments are available? One of the best ways to treat allergic conjunctivitis is with topical eye drops. There are a wide variety of good options and depending on what kind of allergic conjunctivitis you have one might work better than the other. One of the most important pieces of advice is to avoid the drops that “get the red out.” These drops do a good job of making the redness better but over time you can develop toxicity and allergies to some of the chemicals in the drops. The best advice is to see your eye care professional and get the best treatment for you.


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