Like other outer organs, our eyes are susceptible to many allergies. Basically, there are various particles in our midst that come into contact with our eyes and can cause a volatile reaction. In most cases, these substances are transferred through the air such as plant pollen, dust, mold and animal hair. Besides these agents, certain types of food and cleaning products can also cause unwanted issues. Luckily, these allergens rarely affect the eyes.
It is really easy to spot an eye allergy. Mild redness, followed by intense itching and need to rub your eyes are the common indicators that there is something wrong with these organs. Watery eyes can further disrupt vision. Sometimes, patient can experience increased sensitivity to light. Swelling and redness are also symptoms which are characteristic for most allergies including this. Lastly, headache and drowsiness may appear.
According to medical terminology, eye allergy is known as conjunctivitis. It can come in various forms such as acute allergic conjunctivitis, seasonal conjunctivitis, chronic conjunctivitis, atopic and vernal conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis is caused due to direct contact with allergens. Commonly, eye medicines and cosmetic products can cause such a reaction. When it comes to use of medicines, antibiotic drops, antiviral ointments and creams as well as certain parts of drugs can cause allergy. It can appear at any age, it doesn’t have seasonal character and it appears a few minutes after the initial contact. Itching, watery eyes, swelling and photophobia are characteristic for this type of conjunctivitis.
Chronic allergy (like other types of allergy) is present during the whole year. It is caused by airborne allergens such as animal hair, tobacco, house flowers, mold and dust. It is most extreme during summer and spring months which often deceive doctors into thinking that this allergy is of seasonal character. Adults usually suffer from it and it is more common for hot climate. Given that plants (which are the most common cause for this allergy) are blooming during spring, chronic conjunctivitis becomes very intense during this period. Chronic eye allergy is characterized by constant itching during the whole years, together with watery eyes and mild redness.
Another common form is seasonal conjunctivitis. As previously mentioned, this type is common for spring and summer. It usually starts during childhood but it slowly reduces in intensity over the years and after some time, it will disappear. Like chronic manifestation, it is more common for hot areas of the world. Plant pollen usually leads to this allergy. Often, it goes together with allergies of the upper airwaves. Naturally, best way of reducing symptoms is by avoiding all the problematic substances. Anti-allergy drugs such as Pataday, also help with this issue.
You! Drugstore team recommends this antihistamine medicine for eye redness and itching that appear due to allergic reaction. Drug is used once or twice a day, depending on patient’s condition. Even though Pataday provides excellent results when treating conjunctivitis, use of this medicine can lead to different side effects such as blurred vision, redness, itching and headache, dryness of the eyes, swelling and many other problems