Are you unsure if you have eye allergies or dry eye syndrome?
Dry eyes and ocular allergies are two of the most commonly experienced eye-related problems today, apart from those that can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. Yet, despite the differences between the two, it is quite easy to mistake one for the other as the symptoms of each may be similar. What you thought was a simple case of allergies might actually be dry eye syndrome.
So, instead of self-medicating with antihistamine eye drops left over from last allergy season, it might be best to visit a nearby eye clinic in London. A qualified ophthalmologist will conduct a proper diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.
Allergic conjunctivitis or eye allergy occurs when a person interacts with usually harmless allergens found in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, cat dander, etc. When this happens, a substance called histamine is released which then causes itching, swelling and redness. In most cases, this doesn’t require serious medical intervention.
Sometimes, however, ocular allergies are caused by infection due to exposure to bacteria or viruses. Patients may notice symptoms like a watery, discoulored mucus discharge, itchiness, redness, a burning or stinging sensation sensitivity to light and swollen eyelids. Depending on the kind of bacteria, this condition may be spread by direct contact.