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Allergic Disorders of the Eye

Allergic Conjunctivitis:

Individuals with allergic conjunctivitis develop allergy antibodies (IgE) targeted against allergens including pollen, animal proteins, dust mites, mold, and insect droppings.  When these IgE antibodies bind allergens, conjunctival inflammation can occur resulting in recurrent eye symptoms of:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Watering
  • Puffiness

Allergists are considered the experts in allergic conjunctivitis, and diagnose this condition by history and most commonly allergy skin tests (specific IgE blood tests can also be completed).
The goals of allergy treatment are to relieve and prevent allergy eye symptoms
The three primary options in the treatment of allergies are:

  • Allergen Avoidance
  • Medications
  • Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your allergies and improve your quality of life.

Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis:

Atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC) usually develops in individuals with a history of atopic dermatitis.  In AKC, patients develop chronic symptoms of:

  • Severe Eye Itching
  • Eyelid Dermatitis
  • Burning
  • Sensitivity to Light

Allergists and Ophthalmologists are considered the experts in AKC, and diagnose this condition by history, exam and allergy skin tests (specific IgE blood tests can also be completed).

The goals of treatment are the prevention of complications including ulceration, corneal scarring, keratoconus, and blindness.

Treatment options include:

  • Allergen Avoidance
  • Topical Medications

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of the allergic component causing your AKC.

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis:

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammatory eye condition that most often develops in contact lens wearers.  Signs and symptoms can include:

  • Eye Itching
  • Mucous Discharge in Tears
  • Bumpy Eyelids

Causes include:

  • Contact Lens Wear
  • Ocular Prosthesis
  • Ocular Sutures

Allergists and Ophthalmologists are considered the experts in GPC and diagnose this condition by history and exam.

The goals of treatment are to relieve and prevent eye symptoms.

Treatment includes:

  • Discontinuation of Contact Lens Wear (if applicable)
  • Topical Medications

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your GPC.

Vernal Conjunctivitis:

Vernal conjunctivitis is an allergic inflammatory eye condition that most often develops in young males during spring and summer.  Signs and symptoms include:

  • Thick, Ropey Mucosal Discharge from Eyes
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Eye Itching
  • Hard Bumps on Upper Eyelids

Allergists and Ophthalmologists are considered the experts in vernal conjunctivitis, and diagnose this condition by history, exam and allergy skin tests (specific IgE blood tests can also be completed).

The goals of treatment are to relieve and prevent symptoms. 

Treatment includes:

  • Allergen Avoidance  
  • Topical Medications

By visiting an allergist, you too can take control of your vernal conjunctivitis.

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