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Watery Eyes? 5 Things You Didn't Know About Eye Allergies


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It's More Common Than You Think
Keep eye drops handy, so you don't have to borrow any from a fellow sufferer.
Keep eye drops handy, so you don't have to borrow any from a fellow sufferer.
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If you suffer from eye allergies, then you're not alone. Also called ocular allergies or allergic conjunctivitis, they're much more common than many people might realize. According to studies, one in every five Americans suffers from some kind of eye-related allergy. That means that you're in good company if your eyes are periodically itchy, puffy, red and watery.

If you're aware of your particular triggers, try to avoid them. If you've never had allergies before, and you find that your eyes are red and watery, then you might want to see a doctor. Chances are it's an unusual allergic reaction, but it could also be an infection in the making.