You could be going about your day when you suddenly feel uncomfortable sensations in your eye. One possible cause is eye allergies triggered by irritants or allergens. But is it allergens or an infection?
Causes of Eye Allergies
Allergens are usually harmless, but they cause discomfort for people who are predisposed to allergic reactions. Dust mites, pollen and pet dander are examples of allergens that trigger eye allergies. Some eyedrops and cosmetics cause allergies, particularly those with preservatives. Eye allergy symptoms include a burning sensation, watery discharge, redness and swollen eyelids. This doesn’t only affect your eyes, but your nasal cavity as well, causing sneezing and a runny nose.
To prevent eye allergies, you should make the necessary changes to your home and routine. This includes keeping your windows closed during pollen season, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from irritants, dusting off and sanitizing bedsheets, and washing your hands after playing with your furry friends.
Eye Allergies vs. Eye Infections
Both eye allergies and infections share some common symptoms like swollen eyelids, itching and watery discharge. However, eye infections cause severe pain and a thick mucus-like discharge. Additionally, you will feel this gritty sensation in your eyes and be particularly sensitive to light. In summation, if your eyes are only secreting a clear, tear-like fluid, then it’s most likely an eye allergy.
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