Swollen Eye Causes, Treatments & More

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3. Allergies

One of the most common causes of swollen eyes is allergies. The eyes may also be red, itchy and watery, and they may be sensitive to light. Many people have allergies to dust, pet dander, mold, smoke and pollen, and others experience reactions to perfumes, cosmetics, medications, certain foods and insect bites.5Turbert, David. ‘What Are Eye Allergies?’ American Academy of Ophthalmology, 31 July 2020, www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/allergies.

Applying eye drops containing artificial tears, antihistamines or corticosteroids may help alleviate swollen eyes caused by allergies. Oral antihistamines and immunotherapy injections are other potential treatment options.6Turbert, David. ‘Eye Allergy Diagnosis and Treatment.’ American Academy of Ophthalmology, 10 Sept. 2019, www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/allergies-diagnosis.

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