Known as an ocular allergy, an eye allergy occurs when something irritates the conjunctiva, which is the delicate membrane covering the eye as well as the inside of the eyelid. Like any other allergic reaction, allergic conjunctivitis is triggered by a foreign substance, or allergen, that is detected by your immune system.

The most common symptoms are itchy, watery eyes that may become red or swollen. Eye allergies pose no real threat to your eyesight and should not be confused with conjunctivitis, or pink eye, which is highly contagious.

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