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Keep an Eye Out for Troublesome Seasonal ConjunctivitisMay 12, 2017
Spring allergies are once again in full bloom. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) is one of the most common types of eye allergies that we see. Patients may experience symptoms in spring, summer, or fall, depending on the type of plant pollen in the air. Typical symptoms include:
- Clear, watery discharge
People with SAC may have chronic dark circles, known as allergic shiners, under their eyes. The eyelids may be puffy, and bright lights may be bothersome. SAC symptoms often accompany the runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion associated with hay fever and other seasonal allergies. The itching may be so bothersome that patients rub their eyes frequently, making symptoms worse and potentially causing infection. If you suffer from this condition, treatment options may include:
- OTC medications – Zaditor or Vasocon A.
- If symptoms are more severe, there are several stronger prescription medications that we can prescribe.
- Sometimes, low dose steroid drops can be effective for brief periods.
Those suffering from eye conditions due to allergies should see an eye doctor first for treatment. Then, if chronic allergic symptoms persist, an allergist is recommended. It is critical to see an ophthalmologist if the allergic symptoms cause blurry vision or pain.
Contact the Starling Eye Center so we can help.