Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment for Eye Allergies

 Beautiful young woman in a clearing among the flowers.Your eyes are particularly sensitive to allergies because they are directly exposed to debris, pollen, and other irritants in the air. Though typically not dangerous, eye allergies can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Contact Reifschneider Eye Center to learn more today.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Your immune system is always hard at work, protecting your body from anything that could compromise your health. An allergy occurs when your body attacks a harmless entity. As your body fights allergens, it releases chemicals that cause irritation, itching, inflammation, and other reactions. Eye allergies are most often triggered by substances that float in the air around us, including:

  • Pollen
  • Spores

  • Mold

  • Dust

  • Pet dander

If you experience symptoms other than those related to your eyes, you may need to see a general physician. If you have symptoms including difficulty breathing, hives, or other symptoms that come on quickly, you may need immediate medical attention.

Eye Allergy Symptoms

There are several common symptoms associated with eye allergies, although these can sometimes be mistaken for the symptoms of conjunctivitis or other eye diseases. The signs include:

  • Itchy eyes

  • Excess tearing

  • Red or bloodshot eyes

  • Circles under the eyes

  • Red, flaky skin around the eyes

  • Swollen eyes

  • Excess mucus

Treatment for Eye Allergies

Once we identify the cause of your allergies, we can develop a treatment plan just for you. Options include:

  • Avoidance: Typically, the best treatment is simply to avoid the substance to which you are allergic. Of course, you may never be able to avoid these materials completely, but staying indoors during allergy season and using air filters can help keep your symptoms under control.

  • Medication: Antihistamines, eye drops, steroids, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can all be effective options for the treatment of eye allergies. Dr. Reifschneider may prescribe a combination of medicines for more complete relief.

  • Immunotherapy: Allergy shots can desensitize your immune system to certain materials. In some cases, they can even help to prevent the development of future allergies.

Contact Us Today

Allergies affecting the eyes can be incredibly frustrating. Fortunately, we provide accurate diagnosis and effective treatments to help you achieve the relief you deserve. Contact Reifschneider Eye Center today and schedule your Doctor’s Allergy Formula test.

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