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Ocular Allergies

Ocular Allergies

Up to 50 million Americans suffer from the miseries of allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes being a common complaint. An allergic reaction that affects the conjunctiva, a clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, is commonly referred to as allergic conjunctivitis.

Allergic conjunctivitis is triggered by an immune reaction involving a sensitized individual and an allergen. Simply stated, this means that if you are allergic to a particular substance and then come into contact with it, you experience an allergic reaction (itching, sneezing).

Allergic conjunctivitis is most commonly seen in areas with high seasonal allergens.

Common allergens include:

The primary symptom is ocular itching. In addition to ocular itching, you may experience the following



Avoiding the allergen (s) you are allergic to is the most effective preventive measure.

Unfortunately, avoidance is not always easy or possible. In this case, the following at-home treatments may provide you with some relief from your ocular allergies.

If ocular allergies are problematic for you, the doctors at Capital Eye Consultants would be happy to recommend the right regimen for your needs. 

Please call us today and we would be happy to help, so you can enjoy the rest of the summer symptom-free.