With the first day of spring, comes the beginning of allergy season. Some people, who suffer from allergies, may also suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is typically characterised by the primary symptom of itching. Other symptoms include mucus discharge, red eyes, and other allergy-type symptoms including rhinitis (stuffy, runny nose), scratchy throat and/or a dry cough.
Allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious, but very annoying for sufferers. Treatment aims to control your symptoms, but sometimes these are chronic. Depending on the severity of symptoms, these can be controlled by prescription antihistamine eye-drop combinations, or in more severe cases other prescription anti-inflammatory eye-drops. Other ways you could try to reduce the itch include using a cold compress over your eyes, or avoiding your triggers (if you know what they are).
Although annoying, the good news is allergic conjunctivitis poses little threat to your vision. If you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, come and book an appointment with Dianne or Harry to reduce the itch and help you enjoy spring!