Eye allergies, also called “allergic conjunctivitis,” is a very common eye condition. The tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and outside of the eyeball is called the conjunctiva. This tissue keeps your eyelid and eyeball moist. Allergic conjunctivitis occurs when this tissue becomes inflamed. The eyes are an easy target for allergens and irritants because they are exposed and sensitive. The body responds to these allergens by releasing chemicals, including histamines, which produce the inflammation.
The common symptoms of eye allergies are:
- Burning feeling
- Watery eyes
- Swollen eyelids
Feeling like there is dirt or grit in your eyes
These symptoms are eerily similar to dry eye syndrome, but the treatment is vastly different. Being able to distinguish between the two is crucial in your chances of resolving the problem.
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