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Eye Allergies

An eye allergy is your body's overreaction to a material it deems as even though it may not be. One example would be dust which is harmless to most people but in overly sensitive, allergic individuals can cause excessive tear production and mucus in the eyes. Eye allergies can often be hereditary in nature.
Allergies can trigger other problems, such as conjunctivitis or pink eye. Eye Allergies are very common and people who suffer from them also have allergic conjunctivitis according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Eye Allergy Signs and Symptoms

Common signs of allergies include: inflamed, red, swollen/sore, tearing and/or itchy eyes; Additional respiratory symptoms often include runny nose, sneezing, difficulty breathing, irritated passages of the nose, mouth or throat, and headache from sinus-related congestion.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

There are several clinical examination methods that are useful for helping to diagnose and determine the severity of dry eyes.

From these tests an assessment can be made as to whether the dry eye condition is mild, moderate or severe and thus what type of treatment options may be best.

Airborne allergens include pollen, dust, mold and pet dander. Additionally reactions to certain cosmetics or medications including antibiotic eyedrops also may cause eye allergies. Other causes of allergic responses, including dietary and insect stings typically do not impact the eyes the way airborne allergens do.

Treating Eye Allergies

Avoidance: The best way to prevent eye allergies is try to determine the source of the problem and avoid it. Keeping your home free of dust and pet dander along with limiting your exposure during heavy pollen season is usually beneficial. Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to make it more difficult for allergens to enter your eyes.

At Eye Associates, we have a variety of treatments available to diagnose and properly treat your eye allergies. This includes the most advanced mast cell stabilizers, corticosteroids, and immunotherapies.

Also, it is very common for allergy season to cause irritation to patients who where contact lenses. Eye Associates can provide eyedrops that can help relieve your symptoms and keep your contact lenses clean.

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