Eye allergies affect many adults and children today, but all too often they go untreated when nasal allergy remedies don’t work. The team of optometrists at VistaSite Eye Care offer effective treatments to combat your eye allergies. Symptoms like burning, watering, and itchiness in your eyes are dangerous because eye allergies may cause serious vision problems if untreated. Call or use online booking today to schedule an appointment at the nearest VistaSite Eye Care office in the Bronx today.
Allergies Q & A
What are the Symptoms of Eye Allergies?
Some of the most common symptoms of eye allergies include:
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Burning sensation in eyes
- Mucus discharge from the eyes
- Puffy eyes
These issues may be so irritating that you rub your eyes often, and this can cause dark circles to form under your eyes as well.
What Causes Eye Allergies?
The cause of your eye allergies might include a number of different possible triggers such as:
- Grass and weeds
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Perfumes or other fragrances
- Some cosmetics
- Food reactions
If you have eye allergy symptoms, keep track of when your symptoms happen and when they worsen. This can help the team at VistaSite Eye Care identify your allergy triggers.
How are Eye Allergies Treated?
Your eye allergy treatment depends on the cause, triggers, and symptoms of your allergies. Your optometrist at VistaSite Eye Care will customize an eye allergy management plan just for you that may include:
- Eye Drops: Your eye doctor can prescribe several different types of eye drops, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories for itchiness, antihistamines for redness and swelling, and corticosteroids for severe symptoms of all types.
- Oral Medication: Medications like antihistamines can relieve both nasal and eye allergy symptoms. However, because some oral antihistamines may cause dry eyes, this may not be the right choice if you're already dealing with that symptom.
- Allergy Shots: Your optometrist may recommend you see an allergist for allergy shots if your symptoms are chronic and severe. If that’s the case, your optometrist works closely with the allergist to ensure you get optimal relief.
What Lifestyle Changes Can I Make to Prevent Eye Allergies?
Although you can't control what you're allergic to, you can control your environment. A few simple changes can help you avoid triggers or minimize your eye allergies when they do happen. Consider making changes such as:
- Vacuum carpets frequently
- Change air conditioner filters on schedule
- Switch from contact lenses to glasses when you have symptoms
- Carry your eye drops with you at all times
- Never touch your eyes without washing them first
The team at VistaSite Eye Care is experienced in the care and management of eye allergies, and can help you find the relief you need. To learn more, call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.