An allergic reaction involving the conjunctiva and the surrounding skin.
Who can get it?
Anyone with allergies or sensitivities can get it. It is often caused by eyedrops such as anesthetics or glaucoma medications, or cosmetics. Perfume, jewelry, certain metals, soaps and detergents are also common triggers.
What are the symptoms?
Red eyes, redness of the surrounding skin, tearing, itching.
What is the treatment?
Treatment with prescription antihistamines is usually prescribed. Until you see your eye doctor, cold compresses and artificial tears may aid in reducing the discomfort.