Sometimes conjunctivitis can be a result of an allergic reaction. Cleaning products and cosmetics can trigger allergic conjunctivitis, as well as pollen in the air – typically in individuals that have had a history of allergies. Also those who are allergic to certain animals may also be susceptible.
Fortunately, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious, and affects both eyes with symptoms like itching, watering, redness, swelling of the lids, as well as inflammation of the thin membrane which covers the eye surface and the inside of the lids.
Cool compresses can help, and we can also prescribe drops and lubricant to treat allergic conjunctivitis. If you know what triggers your allergic conjunctivitis, try to avoid contact with these triggers. Allergy to airborne particles can be difficult to avoid, but staying indoors on high pollen-count days and wearing sunglasses or spectacles will reduce contact.
Make an appointment at UFS Optical with our Optometrist for diagnosis and an appropriate treatment regime.