Eye Allergy Treatment

About Eye Allergies

Many people suffer from allergies that leave them a sneezing, sniffling mess when their allergens come out in force. However, in addition to or instead of all that, some “lucky” people suffer from itchy, watery, red and swollen eyes. These symptoms are called eye allergies, or allergic conjunctivitis.

Eye allergies are caused by the same biological mechanisms that are responsible for other types of allergies, whether it’s nasal symptoms or serious symptoms like anaphylactic shock. Allergies occur when the immune system misfires and goes into overdrive, treating harmless or only minimally harmful substances as dire threats to the body.
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Common Eye Allergens

The same allergens that cause nasal and other allergy symptoms can also lead to eye allergy symptoms. Some of these allergens include the following:
  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet Dander
  • Mold
  • Indoor Allergens
  • Makeup
  • Perfume
  • Certain Chemicals
In addition to the allergens above, some people may also develop an allergy to contact lenses, called giant papillary conjunctivitis.

Treatment Options

The good news is that eye allergies are highly treatable. Many sufferers treat their eye allergies with the same over-the-counter drugs and sprays they use to treat nasal allergies, especially when nasal allergies are also present with eye allergies. There are also over-the-counter eye drops that you can try. Taking additional steps like avoiding your allergens, not wearing contact lenses, or wearing sunglasses while outdoors can also help.

If your eye allergies are unusually persistent or bothersome, though, it makes sense to visit the eye doctor. Your eye doctor may be able to prescribe more powerful eye drops to you that can resolve many of your symptoms. Your eye doctor may also have ideas for lifestyle changes or adjustments to your current eye treatment that can lessen your allergy symptoms. For instance, if your contact lenses are irritating your eyes, your eye doctor may suggest switching to glasses or even considering corrective eye surgery.

Call Today!

If you suffer from eye allergies, it’s time to call 20/20 Optometry. Dr. Lee and the rest of the team will work with you to diagnose the precise cause of your eye allergies and find a treatment that works for you. With our help, you can say goodbye to those itchy, watery eyes and hello to clear vision.

Call us today to schedule an appointment!
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