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Many common allergens can affect the eyes, including pollen, animal fur and dander, and food-related allergies. On the surface of the eye, between the eyelid and the eye, a special type of mucus protects the eye from many microscopic particles. However, if a particle does make it through this mucus, it can cause an eye reaction called allergic conjunctivitis.

Many seasonal and perennial allergic issues can contribute to an allergic reaction in the eye. Most common treatments are over the counter antihistamine eye drops. However, should you suffer a chronic allergic issue, an appointment with a Vision Care Centre Optometrist is highly recommended so that treatment of your symptoms may begin and any damage to the eyes can be prevented.

Common treatments outside of eye drops include cold or warm compresses for the eyes, vasoconstrictors, and oral antihistamines in either pill, liquid, or spray forms.

In extremely rare cases, severe allergic reactions can occur in the eyes, and can even cause anaphylactic shock. Those with pre-existing severe allergic conditions, such as nut or food allergies, are more prone to severe eye allergic reactions. Always inform your Optometrist of any and all pre-existing allergic conditions during your eye exam.

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