The sudden appearance of symptoms including itchy, watery, and red eyes when eyes come in contact with an allergen is known as an eye allergy. An allergen is a substance that causes an allergic reaction in a person who is allergic to it, while is harmless to others. Euphrasia Officinalis, Natrum Mur, and Ambrosia Artemisiifolia are the top natural medicines for eye allergies that help treat and manage different types of allergies.
Homeopathic Treatment for Eye Allergies
Homeopathy offers excellent help in cases of an eye allergy. Initially, it helps in treating acute symptoms of eye allergies. Following this, it aims to address the chronic tendency of eye allergies. The medicines used in the homeopathic system for managing eye allergies are of natural originand treat allergies without any side effects.
Homeopathic Medicines for Eye Allergy
Euphrasia Officinalis – For Itchy, Watery, Red Eyes with Marked Burning Sensation
Euphrasia Officinalis is prepared from a plant commonly named eyebright belonging to natural order Scrophulariaceae. It offers a natural homeopathic cure in cases of eye allergies. The key features to use it are itchy and watery. The eyes are also markedly red. Burning and smarting in eyes is also intense. A sensation of having dust or sand in the eyes may be felt. Eyelids are swollen, and the eyes may be susceptible to light. It is highly useful for conjunctivitis. Fluent nasal discharge (of bland nature) often attend the above given eye symptoms.
Natrum Mur – For Itching and Burning in Eyes due to Eye Allergy
Natrum Mur works well in eye allergy when itching and burning in eyes is most marked. Along with this, the eyes become red. Eye discharges of acrid nature are present. Sand sensation in the eyes and swelling of eyelids are other features. Eyes are inflamed, and the eyelids may stick together (known as agglutination). Along with this sneezing, fluent coryza, nasal congestion is often present.
Ambrosia Artemisiifolia – For Eye Allergy with Marked Itching of Eyes
Ambrosia Artemisiifolia is a highly beneficial homeopathic remedy for eye allergy when there is marked itching in eyes is prominent. The itching is intense and intolerable. Watering from eyes is also there. Sneezing may attend. It is also indicated for ragweed allergy.
Allium Cepa – For eye allergies with marked nasal symptoms attending eye symptoms
Allium Cepa offers homeopathic treatment in eye allergies when nasal symptoms accompany eye symptoms. The primary eye symptom is bland, watery discharge from eyes. Eyes are also reddened. Swelling around the eyes is also present. The attending nasal symptoms are intense, frequent sneezing and coryza. There are profuse, fluent nasal discharges. The nasal discharges are acrid, burning, and excoriating in nature. Nasal discharges tend to irritate the skin on the upper lip.
Apis Mellifica – For eye allergies with excessively swollen eyelids
Apis Mellifica is indicated when eyelids are highly swollen, puffy from eye allergies. Along with this conjunctiva is bright red. There is hot, profuse lachrymation (flow of tears). Burning, scalding, biting and smarting sensation in eyes is there. Stinging sensation in eyes is also characteristic. Sticking of eyelids together may be seen. Eyes are also sensitive to light.
Pulsatilla Nigricans – Natural Homeopathic Remedy for Eye Allergy with Thick Eye Discharges
Pulsatilla Nigricans is prepared from a plant windflower of the Ranunculaceae family. Its use is highly considered when there are thick eye discharges in eye allergy cases. The eye discharges are bland and usually yellow or green. The eyes also itch a lot. The person keeps on rubbing the eyes. Eyelids may be swollen too. Sand sensation in eyes also felt. Agglutination of eyes is also frequently noted in the morning.
Causes of Eye Allergies
An allergy in the eyes appears when the immune system of an allergic person identifies a harmless substance as a dangerous thing and overreacts to it. When eyes of such people come in contact with allergens, there is the release of chemicals including histamines producing allergic symptoms. Some examples of the allergens that can trigger eye allergies include – grass, weeds, pollens, dust mites, molds, pet danders, smoke, and perfumes. In some people, eye allergies may also arise from the use of eye drops, or cosmetics. Having a family history of allergies puts a person at risk to get eye allergies.
Symptoms of Eye Allergies
The main symptoms of eye allergies include itching in the eyes, watery eyes, redness of eyes, burning in eyes and swollen eyelids. People may usually experience accompanying nasal symptoms that include a runny nose, stuffy nose, sneezing and itching in nostrils.
The symptoms of eye allergies appearing only during a particular time of year or a specific season are referred to as seasonal allergies. Triggers for seasonal allergies mainly include pollen, weeds, and grass, and these may be a reason for itchy eyes.
When the symptoms of eye allergies are present all year round, they are referred perennial allergies. Dust mites and animal danders are common causes of perennial allergy.
Common Eye Allergies
Main eye allergies include allergic conjunctivitis (seasonal and perennial), vernal keratoconjunctivitis, atopic keratoconjunctivitis, and contact allergic conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis is of two types seasonal (arising in a particular season) and perennial (present all the year around). The symptoms include itchy, red eyes with watery discharge and burning in the eyes. The nasal symptoms that can accompany are a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Vernal keratoconjunctivitis is also known as spring catarrh. It usually occurs in young children and males are more affected by it. Eczema or asthma may be present in persons having this condition. Its symptoms are seen during the spring season, like itchy eyes, watering from eyes, thick stringy mucus discharge from eyes, sensitivity to light, papillae formation in eyelids and sensation of foreign body in eyes. Vision impairment can occur if it is left untreated.
Atopic keratoconjunctivitis is the inflammation of both the conjunctiva and cornea. It usually affects older patients. A history of allergic dermatitis may be present. Symptoms of atopic keratoconjunctivitis include severe itchy, burning, red eyes, thick mucus discharge from eyes that may cause the eyelids to stick together. If left untreated or not managed well, permanent scarring of the cornea can occur, causing visual changes.
Contact allergic conjunctivitis is a result of irritation by contact lenses or from the proteins in tears that tend to bind to the surface of the lens.