When associated with nasal allergies, you may also experience:
The best treatment for eye allergies is to avoid or limit your exposure to allergens. Your doctor, or an allergist, can help determine which allergens cause your symptoms. Knowing what to avoid will probably help you more than anything, but sometimes avoidance isn't an option. In this case, there are numerous over-the-counter medications that help reduce or control allergy symptoms. Also, your doctor may need to prescribe you a medication that is stronger and perhaps more effective.
Things to consider: Wearing sunglasses or glasses will help to minimize allergens from entering your eyes. Also, keep your air filter clean at home to help reduce the risk of personal environment exposure.
However, in some situations, your personal environment may be contributing to your eyes becoming irritated, and can sometimes make the symptoms more severe.
An allergic reaction is the body's way of fighting the allergens by releasing histamine and other substances. This fighting reaction is why you experience allergy symptoms. It should be noted that eye allergies can be passed to you from your parents. Typically, if both parents had allergies, you’re more likely to experience symptoms as well. Approximately half the U.S. population experience allergy symptoms, and a majority of them affect the eyes.
Most eye allergies are caused by either seasonal or environmental exposure to allergens, but you can experience symptoms from both conditions. Seasonal airborne allergens are commonly pollen, mold, ragweed, dust, and they usually affect people who also experience nasal allergy symptoms. Environmental contributors could be dust, smoke, certain foods, pet dander, perfumes or cosmetics, and even antibiotic eye drops. People who are allergic to preservatives in some eye drops need to use a brand that offers a preservative-free option.