Eye allergy (or allergic eye disease) are typically associated with hay fever and atopic dermatitis. Medications and cosmetics may cause eye allergies. Allergic eye conditions include allergic conjunctivitis, conjunctivitis with atopic dermatitis, vernal keratoconjunctivitis, and giant papillary conjunctivitis. Dry eye, tear-duct obstruction, and conjunctivitis due to infection are frequently confused with eye allergies. Eye allergies may be treated with topical antihistamines, decongestants, topical mast-cell stabilizers, topical anti-inflammatory drugs, systemic medications, and allergy shots. Read more: Eye Allergy Article
Multimedia: Slideshows, Images & Quizzes
Common Eye Problems and Infections
Eye diseases can cause damage and blindness if not detected and treated soon enough. Learn the warning signs and symptoms of...
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) Symptoms, Causes, Treatments
Trying to get rid of pink eye? If you woke up with crusty eyelids and red, swollen eyes, you may have pink eye also called...
Nasal Irrigation: Natural Relief for Cold & Allergy Symptoms
Clogged sinuses and congestion bothering you? Nasal irrigation can relieve sinus symptoms associated with colds and allergies....
Picture of Eye Allergies
Severe allergic eye symptoms can be very distressing and are a common reason for visits to the allergist or ophthalmologist. See...
Picture of Blepharitis
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids and occurs in two forms, anterior (outside of the eyelid) and posterior (inner...
Picture of Eye Anatomy Detail
The eye has a number of components which include but are not limited to the cornea, iris, pupil, lens, retina, macula, optic...
Your Face: A Window Into Your Health
What medical problems appear on your face? Look into the mirror and find out. Jaundice, glaucoma, skin cancer, and cracked lips...
Pictures of Allergy Relief Tips at Home: AC Filters, Electronic Air Cleaners, and More
Learn how a combination of medication, preventing allergens, and allergy relief products can reduce allergy symptoms and help you...
10 Worst Cities for Spring Allergies With Pictures
See pictures of the top 10 "spring allergy capitals", according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). From...
Top 13 Ways to Tame Eye Allergies
Eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis, cause itchy eyes and other allergic symptoms. Avoiding allergens and using medicated...
Eye Health: Why Are My Eyes Watery?
Always tearing up? Everyday things can make your eyes water, but so can some medical conditions.
IMAGESSee a picture of eye diseases and conditions See Images
Related Disease Conditions
Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip
Chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip symptoms include an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, itchy ears, eyes, and throat. Seasonal allergic rhinitis (also called hay fever) usually is caused by pollen in the air. Perennial allergic rhinitis is a type of chronic rhinitis and is a year-round problem, often caused by indoor allergens, such as dust, animal dander, and pollens that may exist at the time. Treatment of chronic rhinitis and post nasal drip are dependent upon the type of rhinitis condition.
Itch (Itching or Pruritus)
Itching can be a common problem. Itches can be localized or generalized. There are many causes of itching to include: infection (jock itch, vaginal itch), disease (hyperthyroidism, liver or kidney), reactions to drugs, and skin infestations (pubic or body lice). Treatment for itching varies depending on the cause of the itch.
Sty (Definition, Causes, Pictures, and Treatment)
A sty is a bump that forms on the eyelid as a result of a blocked gland. Styes may be caused by infections, burns, or trauma to the eyelid. Most styes resolve on their own. The application of warm compresses can speed healing. In some cases, steroid injection or incision and drainage may be necessary. Keeping the area clean and consuming a diet high in omega-3-fatty acids may help prevent the formation of styes.
Eczema refers to skin inflammation. There are many different types of eczema that produce symptoms and signs that range from oozing blisters to crusty plaques of skin. Treatment varies depending upon the type of eczema the person has.
Pinkeye, also called conjunctivitis, is redness or irritation of the conjunctivae, the membranes on the inner part of the eyelids and the membranes covering the whites of the eyes. These membranes react to a wide range of bacteria, viruses, allergy-provoking agents, irritants, and toxic agents.
An allergy refers to a misguided reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. When these allergens come in contact with the body, it causes the immune system to develop an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to it. It is estimated that 50 million North Americans are affected by allergic conditions. The parts of the body that are prone to react to allergies include the eyes, nose, lungs, skin, and stomach. Common allergic disorders include hay fever, asthma, allergic eyes, allergic eczema, hives, and allergic shock.
Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Symptoms, Diet, Treatments, Pregnancy)
Hashimoto's thyroiditis or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is an autoimmune disorder causing inflammation of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is a type of hypothyroidism, and is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the US. Symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis may include dry skin, fatigue, weight gain, feeling cold, excessive sleepiness, dry skin, dry coarse hair, difficulty swallowing, a lump in the front of the throat, muscle cramps, mood changes, vague aches and pains, problems concentrating, leg swelling, constipation, and depression. There is no cure for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Diet changes, natural supplements, vitamins, or other natural products will not treat Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Treatment for the autoimmune disorder is with thyroid hormone replacement therapy, which will be necessary for the rest of the person’s life.
Asthma is a condition in which hyperreactive airways constrict and result in symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Causes of asthma include genetics, environmental factors, personal history of allergies, and other factors. Asthma is diagnosed by a physician based on a patient's family history and results from lung function tests and other exams. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting bronchodilators (LABAs) are used in the treatment of asthma. Generally, the prognosis for a patient with asthma is good. Exposure to allergens found on farms may protect against asthma symptoms.
Indoor allergens are substances that can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Common sources of indoor allergens include dust mites, cockroaches, molds, pets, and plants. Avoiding indoor allergens is one way to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
Children's health is focused on the well-being of children from conception through adolescence. There are many aspects of children's health, including growth and development, illnesses, injuries, behavior, mental illness, family health, and community health.
The allergic cascade refers to allergic reactions that happen in the body in response to allergens. A variety of immune cells and chemical messengers participate in the allergic cascade. Symptoms of the allergic cascade range from mild swelling and itching to full-blown anaphylactic shock. Allergen avoidance and medications are used to prevent or treat allergies.
Eye Care and Eye Disorder
Many common eye disorders resolve without treatment and some may be managed with over-the-counter (OTC) products. It's important to visit a physician or ophthalmologist is the problem involves the eyeball itself or the condition hasn't improved after 72 hours of use of an eye-care OTC product.
Contact Lenses: Colored, Soft, Hard, Toric and Bifocal
Contact lenses fit over the cornea and correct vision problems such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism. Contact lenses may be hard or soft. Bifocal contact lenses may be worn by those who have presbyopia. Toric contact lenses are for people who have astigmatism.
Local ResourcesFind a local Asthma & Allergy Specialist in your town
Treatment & Diagnosis
Medications & Supplements
- Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- loratadine, Claritin, Claritin RediTabs, Alavert, Claritin Hives Relief, Children's Claritin
- dexamethasone (Decadron, DexPak)
- cetirizine (Zyrtec, Zyrtec Allergy, Zyrtec Hives)
- cyproheptadine (Periactin)
- fexofenadine (Allegra, Mucinex Allergy)
- EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector)
- desloratadine (Clarinex, Clarinex Reditabs)
- ketorolac tromethamine eye drops (Acular, Acuvail)
- cromolyn, Nasalcrom, Gastrocrom (Intal, Opticrom are discontinued)
- olopatadine - ophthalmic solution, Pataday, Patanol
- sodium chloride solution - ophthalmic, Muro-128
- fluorometholone ointment - ophthalmic, FML S.O.P.
- Beconase AQ (beclomethasone) Side Effects, Warnings, and Drug Interactions
- emedastine solution - ophthalmic, Emadine
- lodoxamide - ophthalmic, Alomide
Prevention & Wellness
- An Allergist Offers His Expert Advice for a Sneeze-Free Spring
- Pick Summer Camps Carefully When Your Kid Has Allergies, Asthma
- Health Tip: Allergic Reaction First Aid
- Halloween Can Be Frightful for Kids With Allergies, Asthma
- For Kids With Asthma, Allergies, New School Year Can Bring Flare-Ups
- Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup
- Health Tip: Contact Lens Safety
- Climate Change Could Worsen Sneezin' Season
- Health Tip: Taming Allergies
- Under-the-Tongue Allergy Pills Replacing Shots for Many
- Spring Is the Sneezing Season
- Spring Break Is No Vacation From Contact Lens Care
- Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup
- How to Prevent and Treat Eye Allergies
- A 'Hypoallergenic' Dog? You May Be Barking Up the Wrong Tree
- Decorative Contact Lenses a Danger at Halloween, Any Time
- Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Vision Problems
- Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection
- FDA Extends EpiPen Expiration Dates to Tackle Shortage
- Health Tip: What to Do if You Scratch Your Eye
- Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma
- Spring Sneezin' Season Has Sprung
- Health Tip: Easing Eye Allergies
- Allergan Recalls Contaminated Eye Ointments
- Health Tip: Spotting the Signs of Eye Allergy
- Health Tip: Understanding Eye Allergies
- Health Tip: Help Control Eye Allergy Symptoms
- Health Tip: Managing Dry Eyes
- Child Poisonings From Eye Drops, Nose Sprays
Subscribe to MedicineNet's General Health Newsletter