Does Allergy Cause Dry Eyes?

With the arrival of spring, we can say that the allergy period has officially started. During these periods, it is especially important to protect eye health and minimize the effects of allergies on the eye. We can say that we receive the most questions in this direction from our patients with allergic constitution. In this content, we will try to answer the frequently asked question “Does allergy cause dry eye?”. Let’s take a closer look at how dry eye and allergic conditions are related.

The Effect of Allergy on Dry Eye

First of all, we need to clarify what allergic conjunctivitis is. Allergic conjunctivitis can also be defined as eye allergies. In this condition, which occurs when the eye reacts to an allergen, the eyes produce a histamine-producing substance to fight the allergen, resulting in redness, swelling and itching of the eyes. The eyes may also water excessively and inflammation may occur.

Now let’s look at the relationship between dry eye and allergic conjunctivitis. We can see that people with allergic conjunctivitis have itchy eyes. This situation causes the person to want to rub their eyes constantly. Rubbing the eyes can cause both diseases such as keratoconus and dry eye problems.

On the other hand, we can see excessive watering of the eyes with the effect of allergic conjunctivitis. In this case, tear quality may not be at the desired level. Decreased tear quality causes the eye surface not to be properly and adequately moisturized, and as a result, dry eye condition may occur.

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Inferring from these two reasons, we can say that the answer to the question of whether allergy causes dry eyes is “yes”. In case of possible allergies, it is best to consult a specialist doctor and take precautions by using the necessary soothing medications. A specialized doctor will determine the right treatment method for you.

Assoc. Prof. Aylin Kılıç

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