What are Eye Allergies?

Eye allergies are the result of allergic reactions affecting the eye region. Eye allergies can also trigger other problems such as asthma.

What are the Symptoms of Eye Allergies?

  • Red/Swollen eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing/Coughing

How Common are Eye Allergies?
Eye allergies are very common. 30 – 50% of Americans suffer from allergy symptoms and 75% of those symptoms affect the eyes.

What Causes Eye Allergies?
Most eye allergies are inherited. An allergic reaction usually occurs when you are exposed to something your body views as harmful, even if it is not. Examples of allergens include smoke, cosmetics and pollen.

How are Eye Allergies Diagnosed?
Diagnosing eye allergies begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care. During this exam, your doctor uses tests to evaluate any allergic reactions taking place in your eyes and talks with you to try and pinpoint the source.

How are Eye Allergies Treated?

  • Avoidance of any triggering allergens
  • Prescription Medications
  • Eye Drops