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How are eye allergies diagnosed?

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A doctor will check your eyes to rule out other problems.

They'll examine the front of your eyes using a microscope called a slit lamp. They’ll be looking for dilated blood vessels and swelling.

They may scrape that layer of skin that covers the front of your eyes to check for something called eosinophils. These’re cells that are commonly linked to allergies but are only found in the most severe cases.

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Parag A Majmudar, MD, Fellowship Co-Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center.

American Academy of Opthalmology.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 25, 2019

SOURCE:

Parag A Majmudar, MD, Fellowship Co-Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center.

American Academy of Opthalmology.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on July 25, 2019

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