Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis: What You Need to Know

Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis is a type of eye allergy that can occur during certain times of the year, most often the spring and summer months. This eye condition is caused by exposure to allergens like pollens, molds, and dust mites. Symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis include red, itchy, watery eyes, a scratchy sensation in the eyes, and possibly swelling around the eyes.

What Causes Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis is caused by allergens that are airborne, such as pollens from trees, grass, and weeds, as well as molds and dust mites. When you come into contact with these allergens, your body responds by releasing histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation of the eyes. This leads to the symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis.

How is Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis Diagnosed?

Your doctor may diagnose you with Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis by asking you questions about your symptoms and taking a medical history. Your doctor may also perform a physical examination of your eyes and run tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.

Treatment of Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis

The goal of treatment for Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis is to relieve your symptoms and reduce the inflammation of your eyes. Some of the treatments for this condition include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Antihistamine medications
  • Steroid eye drops
  • Artificial tears
  • Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots)

Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes to help manage your symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis. These lifestyle modifications can include reducing your exposure to known allergens by avoiding outdoor activity during peak pollen times, wearing an allergy mask when outdoors, and keeping your windows closed and using air conditioning.