Eye allergies are a common condition that affects up to 50 million Americans. In central Texas, allergic eye disease, or allergic conjunctivitis, is a fact of life. Symptoms can include redness, tearing, itching, puffiness and sometime light sensitivity. These can impair a patient’s vision or affect their overall quality of life.
The allergy may be seasonal (such as cedar or oak season) or occur throughout the year as a result of exposure to allergens such as dust mites, mold or animal dander. Less frequently, patients develop allergies from wearing hard or soft contact lenses.