Eye allergies flare up during the spring, summer, and fall months when the eye is exposed to an allergen, such as pollen. They can occur alone or alongside other allergies, such as nasal. They usually manifest physically with a redness in the white of your eye or your eyelid and can be accompanied by itching, blurry vision, tearing, burning, swollen eyelids and a sensitivity to light.
Eye Allergies Affect How Your Eye Functions
If you are affected by eye allergies, you should be aware of both indoor and outdoor triggers. Indoor triggers include dust, pet dander, and mold. Outdoor triggers are allergens found in nature, such as pollens.
Additionally, if you are experiencing a flare up, it is important to not touch or rub your eyes. This will only make things worse as it causes the cells to release more of the chemicals that cause your eyes to itch in the first place
Treating Chronic Eye Allergies
There are a number of treatments offered for allergies depending on the type and severity. Our licensed optometrists can help you decide which of the following options fits your individual needs best:
- Eye Drops
- Cell stabilizers and antihistamines prevent the release of chemicals that cause your body/eyes to itch
- Decongestant contract blood vessels, reducing redness
- Liquid drops wash away allergens
- Oral Medication
- Can help control symptoms
- Some have side effects that can dry your eyes out and cause sleepiness or dizziness
- Allergy Shots
- Build up your immune system to have a resistance to the allergens that trigger symptoms
- Option for those with severe allergies