Allergic Conjunctivitis

What is allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the membrane covering the white part of the eye) due to allergy.

What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

Symptoms include itching, redness, eyelid swelling, tearing and foreign body sensation. Itching is the most frequent symptom and is considered the hallmark of ocular allergy

What causes allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic reactions occur when the immune system is hypersensitive to normally harmless environmental substances, called allergens. Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by airborne allergens that come in contact with the eye e.g. pollen, cat/dog hair and moulds.