What is Ocular Allergies?
Eye allergies or ocular allergies are generally not dangerous although may cause discomfort or irritability. Approximately one in five Americans is affected by this.
Who is at Risk for Ocular Allergies?
People usually at risk for ocular allergies are those with nasal allergies, or with allergic reactions to drugs, perfume, or cosmetics. Eye allergies can also be inherited from parents. Those who are allergic to preservative chemicals found in eyedrops may also have higher risk of developing eye allergies.
What Causes Ocular Allergies?
Ocular allergies is caused by a person’s exposure to irritants such as smoke, dust, or pet danders. It can also be triggered even by allergens that do not come in direct contact with the eye such as food and insect bites.
What are the Symptoms of Ocular Allergies?
The common symptoms of ocular allergies include the following: burning or tearing of the eyes, red, itchy, or swollen eyes, sensitivity to light. A person may also experience headaches or sore throat.
How is Ocular Allergy Treated?
Ocular allergy is best cured through prevention, by staying away from allergens in the environment. For instance, keeping a pet you’re allergic to out of the house. Wearing glasses when outdoors and refraining from rubbing eyes may also help keep you protected from allergens.
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