n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - The allergic eye : update

Volume 24, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... THE ALLERGIC EYE There are two main presentations of the allergic eye - seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and perennial allergic conjunctivitis. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis This type of conjunctivitis is due to a type 1 anaphylactic hypersensitivity reaction to a specific antigen, usually an airborne pollen of some sort. The main symptom is of bilateral conjunctival hyperaemia, a watery discharge and itching. Most people also have rhinitis at the same time. As with most allergic conditions, patients may have other manifestations of allergy, such as eczema and asthma. The eyes can be so itchy that rubbing leads to oedema of the eyelids. ..

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