What Is Allergic Conjunctivitis in the Eyes?

During the warmer months of the year, there are often allergens in the air that come from plants. This can cause seasonal allergies to affect the eyes creating unpleasant and even painful symptoms. There are also indoor allergens that can have the same effect. Indoor allergens don’t have a season and can strike at any time. If you are suffering from eye allergies and you live near Carlsbad, CA, call our optometrist at Modern Eyes Optometry for relief from your eye allergies.

Allergic Conjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is a thin membrane that covers the eyes as well as the inside portion of the eyelids. When something in the environment irritates this membrane, it can cause an allergic reaction. The immune system becomes aware of the foreign substance and overreacts to it, causing your immune system to go haywire and create antibodies. Those antibodies, called immunoglobulin, cause certain cells in the body to release chemicals causing an allergic reaction. An allergic reaction is often associated with eyes that become red, watery, swollen, and itchy or even a burning sensation and pain.

Emergency Eye Care

If you have seasonal allergies that are causing these symptoms, don't wait until your annual eye exam to be seen. Call the eye doctor right away to have your eyes examined. You may need emergency eye care to alleviate some of the symptoms of your eye allergies. The optometry appointment may reveal that you need medicated eye drops to soothe your eyes.

Schedule Your Optometry Appointment

If you're experiencing eye allergies be they seasonal or otherwise, our eye doctor can help. Call our optometrist at Modern Eyes Optometry in Carlsbad today at (760) 678-0008 to schedule an appointment. We will provide a thorough evaluation and rule out any serious eye conditions.

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