Eye allergies are the result of an overreaction of the body’s immune system to foreign substances (allergen).Symptoms may be seasonal and occur most often in the late spring or fall. People who have other allergies often have ocular allergies as well. Almost 80% of people with hay fever have ocular allergies.
Ocular allergy symptoms may include itching, burning, sensitivity to light, tearing and a feeling of your eyes being “glued shut” in the morning.
There are various causes of ocular allergies, but the treatment goals are identical: prevention and limiting or reducing the symptoms. It is important to limit contact with the offending allergen if possible. Cold compresses, artificial tears, topical decongestants and topical antihistamines are typical treatment options. Some of these preparations are available without a prescription and may be completely adequate for people who have mild cases or intermittent cases of ocular allergies. If symptoms are more severe, the over-the-counter remedies are
usually inadequate simply because they are not nearly as potent as those requiring a prescription.