What are the most common types of eye allergy?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An eye allergy is not a serious condition. However, you should see your doctor to confirm that it is just an allergy and not an infection. Your doctor will examine your eyes and possibly take a secretion sample for analysis. The most common types of eye allergy-or allergic conjunctivitis-are seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and perennial allergic conjunctivitis. If you suffer from the seasonal type, you're probably allergic to a plant pollen that is airborne only during certain times of the year. If you suffer from the perennial type, your allergen may be something that you're exposed to year-round, such as dust mites.

The most common symptoms of an eye allergy are burning, itching, swelling, redness, and discharge. A runny nose is also common. Corneal ulcers, which are sores on the cornea of the eye, may occur in more serious cases. Sometimes, however, one eye may experience worse symptoms than the other. In other forms of conjunctivitis-caused by an infection, for example-one or both eyes can be affected.

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