Eye Allergies

If you have ever been affected by seasonal allergies, you know how miserable it can make you feel. Many Americans also experience eye allergies which can cause itchiness, blurred vision and puffiness.  At. Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates in Columbia SC, our optometry team works with patients to relieve their symptoms. 

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Basics of Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes

Eye allergies cause the conjunctiva to become irritated.  This is the sclera membrane or the whites of the eye and extends into the interior of the eyelid. When this membrane is normal, it protects the eye and provides lubrication.  When an allergen inflames it, the patient will experience discomfort.

Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Regular eye exams are important for maintaining the health of your eyes and vision.  If you experience eye allergy symptoms, however, it is time to have your doctor examine you.  This is important because several serious conditions have similar symptoms to an allergic response.  Your doctor will be able to diagnose your condition and prescribe an appropriate treatment.

Symptoms to Watch For

There are several symptoms to be aware of including:

  • • Grittiness
  • • Watery eyes
  • • Swelling
  • • Light sensitivity
  • • Dry eyes
  • • Red, irritated eyes

Common Causes for Eye Allergies

Allergic responses can be caused by several agents.  The most common are dust, pollen, pet danger, dust mites and smoke.  Other irritants can include cleaning products, lawn care materials, eye makeup and hair care solutions.  This means that there are many active sources for an allergic response.  Your doctor can help you identify the source of the issue and treat your allergic response.

Treatment Options

There are several different approaches that your doctor can take to remedy an eye allergy problem.  The most common is antihistamine drops.  They may also recommend artificial tears or a steroid eye drop.  While you are experiencing symptoms, your doctor may suggest that you stop wearing your contacts until your symptoms are relieved. 

Steps You Can Take

If your eye allergies are caused by seasonal allergies, you can consider reducing your contact with potential allergens in your home.  This can include closing window and cleaning air conditioner filters, as well as, wiping down surfaces.  If your furry friend is causing the allergic response, limit contact with them for a while. 

Call Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates Today

At Dr. Dorothy Park & Associates, our team works hard to help the residents of Columbia SC maintain their eye health.  If you are experiencing symptoms of eye allergies, our doctor will get you the treatment you need to relieve the symptoms.  You will need an eye exam to ensure that it is allergies and not something more serious.  Eye allergies can be uncomfortable, but it is a highly treatable condition.  Do not put off getting the relief you need.  Call today for an appointment.  

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