By Gary Heiting, OD. Eye allergies — red, itchy, watery eyes that are bothered by the same irritants that cause sneezing and a runny nose among seasonal allergy sufferers — are very common. In addition to having symptoms of sneezing, congestion and a runny nose, most of these allergy sufferers also experience itchy eyes, watery eyes, red eyes and swollen eyelids. In some cases, eye allergies also can play a role in conjunctivitis pink eye and other eye infections. If you think you have eye allergies, here are a few things you should know — including helpful tips on how to get relief from your red, itchy, watery eyes. Common allergens include pollen, animal dander and mold. Eye allergies also can be caused by reactions to certain cosmetics or eye drops, including artificial tears used for treating dry eyes that contain preservatives. Food allergies and allergic reactions to bee stings or other insect bites typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens do.
Having itchy eyes can be uncomfortable. Luckily, getting itchy eyes is rarely ever a serious health concern. Always make sure to see a doctor if symptoms become severe enough to affect your day-to-day life. Over-the-counter eye drops for itch relief are always helpful. Some are designed for allergies and redness, while others work like artificial tears for dryness.
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