Understanding Eye Allergies


Allergy Eye Causes

Eye allergies often affect the conjunctiva, a thin transparent membrane overlying the eyes. This is the same type of membrane that lines the inside surface of the nose. Because the eyes are open, exposed organs, debris and other irritants from the air can land in and around both eyes and eyelids.

Seasonal Allergies

With seasonal allergies, your symptoms are generally limited to a particular period of time or season (i.e., spring, summer, fall). You may be bothered in the spring by tree pollen, in the summer by grass pollen, or in the fall by weed pollen. Generally, your symptoms resolve during other times of the year, especially in the winter.

The Most Frequent Airborne Allergens Include:

  • Pollen
  • Animal hair
  • Pet dander
  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Weeds
  • Ragweed
  • Mold

There Are Also Other Eye Irritants, Such As:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Diesel exhaust
  • Smog


  • 6 Quick Tips for Eye Allergy Prevention
  • 1. Don't rub!
  • 2. Keep windows and doors closed to
    keep allergens out
  • 3. Clean regularly to remove dust and
  • 4. Use air filters in both furnace and air conditioners (and don't forget to change them!)
  • 5. Minimize carpeting that retains dust
  • 6. Minimize clutter to reduce allergens
Understanding Eye Allergies