Allergies are among the most disruptive conditions and, in severe cases, can be debilitating. Ocular allergies consistently rank high as a disrupter in quality of life surveys, likely because the eyes are an extremely sensitive part of the body and they can become EXTREMELY red, itchy, and painful.
Not only will the eyes be uncomfortable, painful, and itchy, but their cosmetic appearance may be less than desirable during a full blown allergic response (think red, puffy, watery eyes!)
So why are we talking about allergies when we usually talk about dry eye? Because they can coexist! When this occurs, symptoms can often be worse and even more difficult for the patient and clinician to understand. It’s so important that you realize why these reactions occur and learn what you can do to lessen the effects.