Allergic Conjunctivitis

A thin membrane (conjunctiva) covers the eyeball and underside of the eyelids. Allergic conjunctivitis happens when the thin membrane gets irritated from things like animal dander, pollen, perfumes, or smoke (allergens). The membrane may become puffy (swollen) and red. Small bumps may form on the inside of the eyelids. Your eyes may get teary, itchy, or burn. It cannot be passed to another person (contagious).

HOME CARE

  • Wash your hands before and after applying medicated drops or creams.

  • Do not touch the drop or cream tube to your eye or eyelids.

  • Do not use your soft contacts. Throw them away. Use a new pair once recovery is complete.

  • Do not use your hard contacts. They need to be washed (sterilized) thoroughly after recovery is complete.

  • Put a cold cloth to your eye(s) if you have itching and burning.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You are not feeling better in 2 to 3 days after treatment.

  • Your lids are sticky or stick together.

  • Fluid comes from the eye(s).

  • You become sensitive to light.

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • You have pain in and around the eye(s).

  • You start to have vision problems.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.