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What are eye allergies?

An eye allergy causes swelling and redness in the eyes resulting from an inflammation caused by exposure to allergy-causing substances such as dust, pollen, mould, etc. These are called allergens. Eye allergies are also associated with asthma, hay fever, allergic skin conditions (such as eczema, etc.), etc. Eye allergies are common in children and teenagers.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Eye allergies occur due to release of a chemical called histamine in the blood in response to contact with allergens. The symptoms may last for long or reoccur with changes in weather and are non-contagious.

What are its main causes?

Exposure of eyes to the allergens leads to an immune reaction in order to get rid of the allergens. Different types of allergens include

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Air pollution, smoke, etc.
  • Pet fur, dander, etc.
  • Fungus or moulds
  • Strong smelling perfumes, paints, etc.
  • Food preservatives
  • Insect Bites
  • In rare cases, loss of vision might be associated with a severe form of eye allergy called vernal conjunctivitis, especially in children.

How are eye allergies diagnosed and treated?

Doctors diagnose eye allergies on the basis of following parameters

  • History of symptoms 
  • Examination of eyes using a slit lamp
  • IgE levels in the blood
  • Allergy skin test
  • Examination of the eye discharge sample under the microscope to detect white blood cells in the discharge

Treatment of eye allergies consist of:

  • Self-care measures
    • Avoid exposure to the allergen.
    • Avoid rubbing the eyes.
    • Avoid using contact lenses when the eye is red and itchy.
    • Use sunglasses in airy weather to prevent contact with the pollen.
    • Avoid humidity inside the house as it favours the growth of fungus.
    • Avoid getting exposed to pollution, dust, smoke, etc.
    • Clean the beddings regularly to prevent eye allergies due to mites’
    • Avoid close contact with pets.
    • Wash the eyes immediately in case of allergic reaction to clear away the allergen.
  • Medicines that aregenerally advised by your doctor to treat an eye allergy
    • Anti-histamines in the form of tablets and eye drops help in reducing itching and irritation in the eyes
    • Mast cell stabilizer medicines are used to stop the inflammation in eye allergies.
    • Decongestant eye drops help in reducing redness and swelling in the eyes.
    • Artificial tears eye drops help in keeping the eyes moist and wash away the allergens from the eyes.
    • Corticosteroid eye drops help in controlling severe inflammation.
    • Immunotherapy injections help in building up the immunity against a specific allergen and subsequently preventing eye allergies.
  1. Medicines for Eye Allergies

Medicines for Eye Allergies

Medicines listed below are available for Eye Allergies. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
Chloromycetin (Pfizer)Chloromycetin 125 Mg Suspension48.0
Lotepred TLotepred T Eye Drop122.0
ChlorophenicolChlorophenicol 250 Mg Capsule9.0
LotetobLotetob 0.3/0.5% Eye Drops76.0
Chlor SuccChlor Succ 1 Gm Injection38.0
TobaflamTobaflam Eye Drop129.0
DiflumoxDiflumox 5 Mg/0.5 Mg Drop148.0
DaclorDaclor 250 Mg Tablet20.0
Milflox DfMilflox Df Eye Drop140.0
EnteroEntero Injection19.0
FencolFencol 125 Mg Suspension13.0
KemicetineKemicetine 1 Gm Injection36.0
Labchlor (Win Medicare)Labchlor 1 Gm Injection17.0
CadolacCadolac 10 Mg Tablet0.0
NicophenicolNicophenicol 250 Mg Capsule9.0
CentagesicCentagesic 0.5% Eye Drops31.0
OptichlorOptichlor 0.50% Eye Drop0.0
KetKet 10 Mg Tablet25.0
ParaxinParaxin 125 Mg Suspension84.0

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  1. British Medical Journal. Allergic eye disease. BMJ Publishing Group. [internet].
  2. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Allergic conjunctivitis
  3. American academy of ophthalmology. What Are Eye Allergies?. California, United States. [internet].
  4. Center for Disease Control and Prevention [internet], Atlanta (GA): US Department of Health and Human Services; Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  5. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Vernal conjunctivitis
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