Itchy, Watery Eyes
and Eye Allergies
Itchy watery eyes and eye allergies are a very common problem we see at Bethlehem Eyre Associates especially during pollen and ragweed season. The eye doctors at Bethlehem Eyre Associates provide exams, diagnosis and treatment of eye allergies and allergic conjunctivitis problems and symptoms including red, itchy watery eyes. Eye allergies and allergic conjunctivitis are extremely common-especially in the Lehigh Valley at certain times of the year when pollen and ragweed counts are high. In fact, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes causing common complaint. An allergic reaction that affects the Conjunctiva, which is the clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, is commonly referred to as Allergic Conjunctivitis. Allergic, or “hay fever”, Conjunctivitis is most commonly seen in geographic areas with a high incidence of seasonal allergies, and are triggered when a person is exposed to an allergen, most often one that is airborne. In other words, if you are allergic to a particular substance and then come into contact with it, you experience an allergic reaction, i.e. itching, sneezing. Symptoms often develop rapidly after exposure to the allergen and include itching, tearing, burning, red eyes, mucus discharge, and eyelid swelling. The Conjunctiva is the same type of skin that lines the inside of the nose. Therefore, the same allergens can cause similar types of allergic reactions in both the eyes and the nose. The most common forms of allergens include pollen from grass, trees and weeds as well as dust, molds, and pet dander.