Eye Allergy: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 5/5/2021

Eye allergies are allergic reactions that involve the eyes. Allergic eye symptoms are common and affect around 10% of all people.

Signs and symptoms of allergies reactions involving the eyes can include

Eye allergy symptoms can sometimes be confused with infectious conditions such as viral or bacterial infection, known as pinkeye. Allergic symptoms involving the eyes are also frequently associated with other symptoms of allergy, such as runny or stuffy nose.

Causes of eye allergies

They are typically caused by the same allergies that cause other allergic symptoms, including conditions such as hay fever and allergic dermatitis. Allergies to cosmetics and medications can also be causes of eye allergy symptoms.

Other eye allergy symptoms and signs

  • Burning Eyes
  • Eye Pain
  • Eye Soreness
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Red (Bloodshot), Irritated Eyes
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Swollen Eyelids
  • Tearing or Runny Eyes


Allergies can best be described as: See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.