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Allergic Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis means inflammation of the conjunctiva, or skin around your eyes, and causes itchy, watery and red eyes. Many people associate conjunctivitis with eye infections caused by viruses or bacteria, like pink eye. However, allergies are a common cause behind the condition, causing millions of people with allergies to rub and scratch at their eyes.

When allergens like pollen or dust drift through the air, they naturally land in your eyes. Allergens may also enter your eyes when you touch your face after petting a dog or mulching a flower bed. In people without allergies, the allergens are wiped away through normal blinking and nothing occurs. However, if you are allergic to the substance that has entered your eye, your immune system springs into action, attempting to attack the allergens as if they were a virus or bacteria.

Your immune reaction causes the swelling, itchiness and redness of conjunctivitis. Continued rubbing or touching of your eyes puts you in danger of eye infection or eye damage by exposing you to bacteria, viruses and other particles.

Discovering the cause of allergic conjunctivitis takes a comprehensive approach. Indiana University Health physicians offer advanced diagnostic and treatment solutions that follow the latest research so you can get rid of itchy, watery eyes.

Airborne allergies, like the ones that commonly cause allergic conjunctivitis, can be difficult to avoid, but our physicians understand how to manage your symptoms in a safe and effective way. We work with you, providing education on how to reduce exposure your allergy triggers as well as properly take your medicines, so that your symptoms are under control no matter the season.

If you are currently experiencing conjunctivitis, you can reduce the severity of your symptoms by removing contact lenses, washing your face and hands and rinsing out your eyes with saline eye drops or solution. The best way to control symptoms, however, is to see an allergist.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

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:


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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.