Because eye allergies are very common, Dr. Zeser would like to share with you some background information regarding eye allergies. Symptoms of allergies may include red, watery and itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed nose, sneezing, sinus pressure, a sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightening, and in severe cases, an asthma attack.
An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects known as allergens. Although there are many potential allergens, eye allergies are most commonly caused by pollen, dust, and pet dander. Food allergies and allergic reactions to insect venom typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens.