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What Causes Eye Allergies?

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Medically Reviewed By:
Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
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Dr. Shuba Iyengar, MD, MPH
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Shuba completed medical school at Duke University, earning her MPH in tandem at UNC. After a research fellowship at the NIH, Shuba completed her residency at Stanford, then fellowship in allergy-immunology at Boston Childrens/Harvard.

Shuba returned to the Bay Area to join Dr. Bocian at a large multi-speciality health system where she helped lead an allergy practice. She cofounded Allermi to make expert allergy care more accessible for all.
Written by:
Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
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Katelyn Johnson, B.S., M.B.A, CMA
Katelyn Johnson is a freelance writer, Certified Medical Assistant, and Nationally Registered EMT with 8+ years of clinical experience across multiple specialties. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology, Master’s in Healthcare Administration, and is currently obtaining a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Katelyn is an advocate for providing patient education in an approachable way through online resources.

Your eye allergy symptoms are often caused by the inflammation and swelling in your nose! The nose and the eyes are connected by a tube called the naso-lacrimal duct (fun party fact). When your nose gets swollen, that tube also swells. This can lead to eye irritation and swelling. Eye drops will make you feel better, but usually won’t prevent or solve the problem. The best medicine will always be a nasal spray that reduces swelling that leads to those pesky eye symptoms in the first place. 

When the eyes get itchy and irritated, you rub around them. This can lead to eczema and rashes on the eyelid and around the eyes.  A medicated nasal spray will decrease the rashes and eczema around your eyes and prevent them from coming back!