Boulder Eye Surgeons

Donald Keller MD, Brian Nichols MD PhD and Kevin Cuevas MD

Allergies and the Eyes

Approximately 22 million people in the US suffer seasonally from itchy, swollen, red eyes. Airborne allergens, such as house dust, animal dander and mold constantly bombard the eyes and can cause ocular allergies at any time.

Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, or hay fever, is the most common allergic eye problem. Various antihistamine and decongestant drops and sprays can soothe irritated eyes and nose.

Make every effort to avoid allergens. An allergist can help determine what you are allergic to. Staying away from outdoor pollen may be impossible, but remaining indoors in the morning when the outdoor pollen levels are highest may help control symptoms. If you are allergic to house dust, open windows and keep household filters clean.

Cool compresses decrease swelling and itching. Artificial tears dilute the allergens and form a protective barrier over the surface of the eye. Avoid rubbing the eyes. It makes the symptoms worse.

If seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a problem, schedule an appointment with Boulder Eye Surgeons. There are several new safe and effective anti-allergy drops that can be prescribed. We can also make sure symptoms are not being caused by a more serious problem.

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)