Allergic conjunctivitis: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

Symptoms may be seasonal and can include:

* Red eyes
* Dilated vessels in the clear tissue covering white of the eye
* Intense itching or burning eyes
* Puffy eyelids, especially in the morning
* Tearing (watery eyes)
* Stringy eye discharge

Diagnosis & Tests

Your doctor may look for the following:

* Certain white blood cells, called eosinophils, in scrapings, secretions, or discharge
* Small, raised bumps on the inside of the eyelids (papillary conjunctivitis)
* Positive skin test for suspected allergens (See: Allergy testing)

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Review Date : 8/22/2008
Reviewed By : Paul B. Griggs, MD, Department of Ophthalmology, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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