Are You Experiencing Dry Eye Syndrome or Eye Allergies?

If your eyes are red, dry, and tearing up, it may be difficult to tell if you are suffering from seasonal allergies or dry eye syndrome. Both conditions exhibit similar symptoms, and it’s even possible to experience them simultaneously—making it difficult to tell the difference.

Suffering from dry eye and/or allergies can be particularly uncomfortable, especially if you wear contact lenses. Properly diagnosing the issue can help ensure effective treatment, so we have provided some key information to help you differentiate between the two:

Dry Eye Syndrome

Individuals with dry eye syndrome typically experience red eyes with a burning or painful sensation. This condition is caused by the eye’s inability to remain properly lubricated, usually due to either rapid evaporation of tears or insufficient tear production. However, it can also be caused by certain medical conditions, such as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Depending on the severity of your case, the eye doctors at New Eyes can help you find relief by prescribing medicated eye drops or recommending a more complex treatment option.


While the effects of eye allergies are similar to dry eye, itchiness is a symptom that is much more common for allergies. The reaction to allergens like dust, pet dander, or pollen is caused by cells called mast cells—when they come into contact with an allergen your body is sensitive to, histamine is released, leading to itchy, red eyes. Antihistamines and/or anti-inflammatory eye drops can typically alleviate uncomfortable eye allergies, but our doctors are happy to assist you in finding a treatment that is right for you.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced eye doctors and eliminate the irritation of dry eye or allergies.