Eye allergies occur when the eye comes into contact with an irritating substance, such as pollen, dust or mold. While most people might not be affected by such substances, people with certain eye allergies may suffer.
They involve an allergic reaction to specific substances or allergens. This often results in itchy, red, swollen or watery eyes. However, eye allergies (unlike pink eye) are not contagious.
If you think you have an eye allergy consult an eye doctor or allergist. It’s best to see an allergist if you have other allergy-related conditions, such as asthma or eczema.
Triggers of eye allergies include various kinds of pollen; dust mites and mold in homes; as well as irritants such as perfume, exhaust fumes or cigarette smoke.