About Eye Allergies

Although eye allergies are one of the most common problems we see, it is often the most chronic and frustrating. A variety of airborne allergens, such as pollens from grass, weeds, and ragweed, can irritate your eyes. Eye allergies can be acute, recurrent, seasonal, or chronic, affecting your quality of life. Patients with eye allergies often have a history of other allergies such as eczema, asthma, or seasonal running nose.


Eye allergies symptoms are different for everyone, but some include:

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Tearing
  • Red-eye or bloodshot
  • Eye swelling
  • Lid swelling
  • Watery and/or mucoid discharge

Treatments We Offer

First and foremost, eye allergy treatment begins by removing or avoiding anything that may be causing the eye allergy and, of course, trying to find out what that may be. We may recommend topical antihistamines, a topical vasoconstrictor, and topical NSAIDs to relieve the itching. Topical steroids may be considered when other medications are not helpful. Sometimes oral antihistamines are also recommended.

Why Choose Columbia?

Our eye care professionals understand that eye allergies are not just annoying but can impact your quality of life and ability to see the best you can. Our experts will help you determine what is causing the allergic reaction and help you treat the symptoms to make you feel more comfortable and keep it under control.