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Allergic Conjunctivitis Specialist

Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Tempe, AZ & Mesa, AZ

Up to 40% of Americans have allergic conjunctivitis, also called eye allergies, but only about a quarter of affected persons seek treatment. At Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. in Tempe, Mesa, and Chandler, Arizona, experienced physicians Suresh Anand, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Miriam Anand, MD, FACAAI, FAAAAI, use advanced techniques and treatments to resolve your allergic conjunctivitis permanently. For help with eye allergies, use online scheduling or call the office nearest you.

Allergic Conjunctivitis Q & A

What is allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis, sometimes called eye allergies or allergic pink eye, affects the conjunctiva, the tissue layer lining your eyelids and outer eyeballs. Normally, the conjunctiva protects your eyes and helps them stay moist and lubricated.

When you have allergic conjunctivitis, the conjunctiva becomes highly inflamed and irritated, causing eye redness, itchiness, and other symptoms. Allergic conjunctivitis typically happens in both eyes at the same time. 

What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis symptoms can include the following:

  • Redness 
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • Teariness 
  • Thin, watery eye discharge
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Grittiness

Light sensitivity is also common with allergic conjunctivitis. In severe cases, you may experience temporary blurred vision. Sometimes, eye allergy symptoms occur at the same time as nasal symptoms like sneezing and runny nose. 

You can experience these same eye symptoms because of viral or bacterial infections, dusty environments, and exposure to chemicals, chlorine, or smoke, among other reasons. But it’s not allergic conjunctivitis unless there’s an allergic trigger. 

What causes allergic conjunctivitis?

Allergic conjunctivitis is usually caused by the same substances that trigger allergic rhinitis. Pollen from ragweed, trees, and grass is a common trigger, along with mold spores, pet dander, dust mites, and indoor mold.

Eye and nasal allergies can occur simultaneously, and the cause is usually the same for both. 

What is the treatment for allergic conjunctivitis?

The Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. team examines your eyes and performs a series of tests to determine exactly which substances are causing your allergic pink eye. Then, they recommend a customized treatment plan that may include:

  • Allergen avoidance, where possible
  • Lifestyle changes, like using an indoor air purifier
  • Cool compresses
  • Eye baths
  • Oral medication
  • Eye drops
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots) 

With treatment that’s tailored for your specific eye allergens, you can generally expect a full recovery. 

Continued allergen avoidance is always wise, but if you get allergy shots, you can dramatically decrease your reaction to the allergens and may find it more comfortable to be around them going forward. 

Are your eyes itching, burning, and generally feeling awful? There’s no point in suffering when you can get immediate customized diagnosis and treatment from the allergy experts at Allergy Associates & Asthma, Ltd. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online.