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Vernal Conjunctivitis

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Updated January 15, 2009

Vernal Conjunctivitis

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Definition: A seasonal inflammation of the outer lining of the eyes. Vernal conjunctivitis is thought to be caused by an allergic reaction. It is most common during the months of spring and summer, and tends to occur often in people with a family history of allergies.

Symptoms of vernal conjunctivitis include the following:

  • Itching eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity

This condition may cause the eyelids to feel rough, sometimes developing bumps and a layer of mucus. The whites of the eyes may also become rough and swollen near the cornea. Scarring and decreased vision may develop if the swelling and roughness affect the cornea.

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