The conjunctiva is a thin membrane covering the inside of the eyelids and white part of the eye.
In the presence of infection or allergens (pollen, smoke, animal fur or saliva, molds, etc.), this membrane can become inflamed. This can cause red, itchy, painful, watery eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis often appears with other allergy symptoms (e.g., a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose and eyes), especially in people with seasonal allergies. Unlike bacterial conjunctivitis, allergic conjunctivitis is not contagious. Recognizing and avoiding allergens that cause the reaction are the main ways to prevent and treat allergic conjunctivitis. Not easy when the allergen is pollen because the season lasts for weeks! However, other causes of allergic conjunctivitis, such as contact lens care products, can be easier to detect and avoid. Various eye care and seasonal allergy products are available to control symptoms. Your health professional can recommend the right solution for you!