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Eye Allergies and Dry Eye

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It’s always nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine. However, if you suffer from allergies, it may not be that easy. Allergens in your surroundings, such as dust, pollen, mold, grass, ragweed, and pet dander can cause allergic reactions that lead to sneezing, itchiness and a runny nose.

But did you know that allergies can affect your eyes, too? Allergies can cause a flare-up of dry eye symptoms, including red, itchy, gritty-feeling and watery eyes. This can severely reduce your quality of life by making it difficult or impossible to see clearly and comfortably.

Eye allergies aren’t just a springtime thing, either. They can affect you any season of the year.

So, short of staying inside and never going out, what can you do to stop your allergies and keep your eyes comfortable and your vision clear? Speak to our eye doctors at to find out!

Q&A

Are eye allergies dangerous?

Though they can severely reduce comfort and quality of vision, eye allergies are usually not dangerous. However, in rare instances of severe dry eye, constant swelling and inflammation can cause scratches on your eye that can form scar tissue, causing significant loss of vision.

How do eye allergies occur?

As with all types of allergies, eye allergies occur when your body’s immune system overreacts to allergens in your surroundings, releasing a chemical known as histamine into your system. These histamines cause tiny blood vessels in your eyes to leak, making them feel itchy, red and watery.