Allergic conjunctivitis causes red, watery and itchy eyes. The common cause is an allergy to pollen during hay fever season. Other causes are less common, such as allergies to house dust mites, cosmetics, and problems with contact lenses. Eye drops usually ease symptoms. If you develop pain in your eyes and symptoms such as light sensitivity and reduced vision then please contact your doctor as these are not symptoms are related to allergic conjunctivitis.
What is Conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis means inflammation of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin ‘skin’ that covers the white part of the eyes and the inside of the eyelids.
What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?
- The eyes are usually itchy, and the whites of the eyes look red or pink.
- A burning feeling may occur, but the eyes are not usually painful.
- The eyelids tend to swell.
- The eyes water more than usual, but do not become too gluey like infective conjunctivitis.
- In severe cases the conjunctiva under the upper eyelids may swell and look lumpy.