Vernal conjunctivitis is a disorder that causes eyes to swell from an allergic reaction. Symptoms in and around the eyes include redness, sensitivity to light, itchy sensation, swollen or rough surrounding area, watery eyes, or bumps and a white mucus on the inside of the eyelid. The disorder can be determined through an eye exam.
Vernal conjunctivitis can be passed down from parents to a child, through parents with many allergies. Vernal conjunctivitis can also occur due to a personal allergic reaction. It is most common in males. To manage symptoms, place a cloth soaked in cold water over eyes, take an anti-inflammatory, or use lubricating drops. It is advised to avoid rubbing or touching eyes. Symptoms may worsen in the summer or spring. For this reason, using an air conditioner or living in a place with cooler weather may also help. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with vernal conjunctivitis, talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options as well as signs that you may need immediate medical attention.