Eye Allergies consist of red, itchy, and watery eyes that is often triggered by the same allergens that affect seasonal allergy sufferers. Common airborne allergens, irritants, cosmetic and even food allergies are all potential triggers of eye allergy symptoms. Allergies occur whenever the immune system becomes sensitized over time and overreacts to a trigger that originally did not cause any problem. A reaction occurs when a trigger contacts the antibodies that are attached to the cells in the eyes, resulting in the release of histamine and other chemicals- causing the redness and itchiness.
Some eye diseases share similar symptoms as eye allergies, which makes accurate diagnosis crucial. If you are experiencing eye allergy symptoms, it is important to see your ophthalmologist as allergies can range from mildly irritating to severe inflammation that can impact your vision.