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Allergic Conjunctivitis Treatment Information
Our allergists understand the discomfort and pain caused by eye allergies. We work with you to find solutions to manage symptoms and improve your quality of life, including:
- Allergy skin testing. By discovering what allergens are causing your conjunctivitis, we can provide you with education to avoid the triggers of your conjunctivitis. Most of the time, conjunctivitis is caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, dust mites or even pet dander. To determine the cause of your allergies, we perform skin testing. We prick your skin with needles, usually on your back or arm, then expose you to small, safe amounts of allergens. If the site swells and reddens, we know that you are sensitive to that particular trigger. Allergy skin testing provides safe, quick results that teach us more about your individual sensitivities.
- Allergy medicines. The same over-the-counter and prescription medicines that control nasal symptoms of allergies often control conjunctivitis.
- Antihistamines block the production of a substance called histamine in your blood. Histamine is an immune response to allergens that causes redness and swelling in the skin around your eyes. Without histamine, you likely will not experience the swelling, itchiness and watery eyes of conjunctivitis.
- Steroidal eye drops, available only by prescription, help more severe cases of conjunctivitis. These drops reduce swelling and inflammation around your eyes.
- Lubricating drops, which are available over-the-counter, also help relieve symptoms by flushing allergens out of your eye.
- Education. While it is impossible to completely eliminate your exposure to many airborne allergens, we can teach you to limit exposure as much as possible. Installing air filters, cleaning your home often, keeping windows closed and limiting your time outside on high-pollen count days may all reduce allergy symptoms.
- Referral to specialists. If allergy testing reveals that you do not have allergies, we refer you to an IU Health ophthalmology specialists, who are experts in the treatment of eye disorders and diseases. They perform further testing to uncover the cause behind your conjunctivitis and find the right treatment for your condition.
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Allergic Conjunctivitis Support Services
Eye allergies pose a potential threat to your overall vision health, increasing your risk for eye infections and damage. Learn more about preventing and managing eye allergies at the website below.
A Sampling of Allergic Conjunctivitis Support Services
The National Institutes of Health provides an overview of allergic conjunctivitis, its symptoms and its treatments.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
The ACAAI offers a variety of resources about eye allergies including videos, quizzes and articles to help you better understand and prevent your allergy symptoms.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)
The AAAAI website discusses eye allergies in further detail, explaining how these allergies are treated.