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EYE ALLERGY - CONJUNCTIVITIS
Eye allergy, also called allergic conjunctivitis occurs when something to which you are allergic irritate the conjunctiva.
This is the delicate membrane that covers the eye in the inside of the eyelid.
Like all allergies, allergic conjunctivitis begins when the immune system identifies an otherwise harmless substance as an allergen.
This causes the immune system to react in an excessive way producing antibodies known as immunoglobulin.
These antibodies are placed in cells that release chemicals that cause an allergic response.
In this case, allergic reactions are manifested in the form of watery eyes, itching, pain, eyes become red or swollen.
The most common causes of allergic conjunctivitis are seasonal allergens like pollen and mold spores.
People with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) usually notice that their symptoms worsen when they go outdoors on days with a high number of pollen in the air.
Allergens in the home, such as dust mites and pet dander can also cause allergies in the eyes throughout the year.
If you suffer from this type of allergy, you may notice your symptoms worsen during certain activities such as house cleaning or grooming of a pet.
The symptoms of eye allergy can be very annoying.
There can also be threats to vision due to a temporary blur.
Unlike viral infection that goes under the name of PINK EYE and that is particularly contagious among children, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious.
However, if the symptoms of burning eyes and swelling persist or worsen you should contact a specialist (ophthalmologist) in order to ascertain that these symptoms are not caused by viruses or other causes or situations which could damage your eyesight.