Pinkeye (or conjunctivitis) from an allergy is not
contagious and often occurs during the same season, year after year. A
substance (allergen) causes a reaction in the lining of the eye
that makes the eye red, swollen, itchy, and teary. Spring and fall are the most
common times of the year for this kind of pinkeye to occur.
Pinkeye can be caused by many substances that come in contact with
the eye, such as eye medicines (especially those containing neomycin),
makeup, contact lens solution, pollens, or chemical fumes. Pinkeye caused by contact
with a substance may occur in one eye only. These eye symptoms may also bother
people who have other allergy-related problems, such as hay fever, asthma, and
skin allergies (eczema).
Periodic comprehensive eye exams by an eye doctor are essential to monitor the health of your eyes and diagnose suspected problems. Checking the position of each eye and its movements will reveal crossed eyes or other forms of strabismus. The exam may include these parts:
An eye chart uses letters of decreasing size to determine the sharpness of your vision at a distance.
The retinoscope projects a thin beam of light into the eye. When used with the rotating lens dial (called...
You may have similar nose or throat allergy symptoms when you have
Allergic pinkeye is usually treated at home with cold compresses and
nonprescription eyedrops, such as naphazoline (Naphcon-A). If symptoms
continue, a visit to a doctor is needed. Severe cases of allergic pinkeye may
require treatment by an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) or an allergy specialist.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
November 2, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 02, 2011
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