The Central Valley is a high-risk area for allergies because of the many pollutants in the air. The medical term for eye allergies is allergic conjunctivitis, but without visiting your eye doctor, you can’t truly know if you have eye allergies or other conditions, like dry eye or bacterial infections. Watch out for these common symptoms that may actually indicate underlying issues with your eyes.
1. Itchy eyes
2. Red eyes
Redness can be a symptom of many different conditions: fatigue, contact lens irritation, digital eye strain, or something more serious, like uveitis or corneal ulcer.
3. Waking up with puffiness around your eyes
This symptom could indicate fluid retention, stress, hormone changes, infections or allergies, but there’s no way to be sure without visiting your eye doctor.
4. Excessively watery eyes
You may have a cold or a blocked tear duct. You might have eyelid issues or hay fever. You could even have a foreign object in your eye. Regardless, watery eyes are a huge inconvenience and should be checked by your eye doctor.