Allergic conjunctivitis is caused by allergens (substances that cause allergies).


The possible allergens that lead to allergic conjunctivitis are
– Smoke
– Dust
– Pollens
– Animal hair and feathers


– Redness in the white of the eye and inner side of the eyelid
– Irritation
– Increased amount of tears
– Itching of the eyes
– Ropy discharge from the eyes

Do’s and Don’ts

– Avoid exposure to dust
– Contact lens wearers: Care and regimen of contact lens should be followed. At the time of infection stop usage of contact lens.
– For protection, plain glass can be worn
– Hands and eyes must be often washed.
– Use icepacks on eyelids to reduce itching.
– Touching or rubbing the affected eyes must be avoided.
– Steroid eye drops may be used under the supervision of a registered eye doctor.
– Self-medication with steroids may cause an elevation in the pressure of the eye which may result in glaucoma and eventually irreparable vision loss.

In most of the cases, this disease does not cause vision impairment. This is a chronic disease. So, self-medication should be avoided. Powerful medicines, though sometimes give immediate relief, should not be used without the advice of a doctor, since they will cause vision threatening side effects.