Allergic Eye Disease
People with allergic eye disease often describe symptoms which include; gritty, itchy, watery eyes. They might also notice a sticky discharge and an intolerance of bright light. People who get these kinds of allergic reactions on eyelids often have a history of associated hayfever or dermatitis.
Causes of allergies include
- Seasonal environmental pollutants, pollen and grass seeds as in hayfever
- Contact lens wear
- Eye drops
- Inherent allergic tendencies.
Once the condition of watery eyes becomes chronic, the eye eyelid skin can become red, thickened and the cornea (clear window through which you can see the coloured iris), can become inflamed and sometimes even scarred.
Treatment for Allergic Reaction On Eyelid
Treatment is individual to every patient and can range from oral antihistamines, eye drops to reduce inflammation and protect the eye through to more complex systemic treatment.
For most people, a short course of treatment can be very effective and help alleviate symptoms and return people to normal life.
It’s important to ensure that treatment has begun sufficiently early to prevent long-term complications.
Often patients have already trialled over-the-counter medications, antihistamines and sought the advice of pharmacists and GPs.
Treatment for allergic reactions on the eyelids is aimed at identifying and removing the underlying trigger if possible, reducing acute inflammation, preventing the development of long-term recurrent continuous inflammation, protecting the eye and alleviating symptoms.
Treatment is individualised.
We work closely with Immunologists, Dermatologist, Ear Nose and Throat specialists and Respiratory doctors to provide a tailored multidisciplinary approach to care. Every patient’s treatment for allergic reactions on eyelids, resulting in watery eyes, is tailored to them and their reaction.