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What Causes Eye Allergies?

2 happy children run through a field of flowersIf you’re experiencing red, itchy eyes, it’s likely that eye allergies are the culprit. But what exactly causes eye allergies? Is there a treatment option that can provide permanent relief? Keep reading to learn more about the cause of eye allergies and when you need to see an allergist.

The Cause of Eye Allergies

Your eye consists of many parts that have different roles. One element of your eye, called the conjunctiva, is a tissue that covers the white of your eyes and inside your eyelids. If your immune system misidentifies a harmless particle as a threat, eye allergy symptoms will occur. You may experience symptoms such as:

  • Eyelid swelling
  • Grittiness
  • Itchiness
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Watery eyes

These symptoms occur because there are antibodies within the conjunctiva that release histamine, a chemical that protects your body from invaders. It is important to re-teach your immune system that these perceived threats are harmless, and that the antibodies do not need to release histamine.

Many people experience eye allergies due to indoor allergens such as pet dander and dust mites. Even more people experience eye allergies thanks to pollen and mold spores! While you can’t eliminate pollen from a Southern spring, you can eliminate frustrating symptoms and the root of the problem.

When to Call an Allergist

Did you know that eye allergies and eye diseases can produce the same symptoms? That’s why it’s important to contact an allergist to determine what is causing your frustrating symptoms. A big sign that the symptoms are linked to eye allergies is that it occurs in both eyes. However, it’s important to be absolutely positive!

If you have eye allergy symptoms – minor or major – give us a call. We can determine what’s causing your eye allergies and discuss treatment options with you.

Schedule an appointment: 478-787-4728.