Itchy, Watery Eyes and Eye Allergies
Itchy watery eyes and eye allergies are a very common problem we see at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center especially during pollen and ragweed season. The eye doctors at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center 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 northwest Indiana 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. The most common types are Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC) and Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis (PAC). SAC and PAC 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.