What Are Eye Allergies and How Can You Treat Them?

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When people in North Texas experience nasal allergy symptoms, they often seek relief from allergy care specialists. But when it comes to itchy, watery eyes, many people just endure the symptoms and never consider medical assistance. Allergic conjunctivitis, a common and aggravating eye allergy, causes recurring irritation during allergy season. If eye allergies are affecting your quality of life, it’s time to seek the help you deserve.

What Causes an Eye Allergy?

Allergies are an annoying part of life for more than 50 million Americans – many of whom live right here in our neighborhood. Though allergens can trigger symptoms in many different areas of the body, the sensitive membranes of the eyes are especially vulnerable to irritation. Though the allergens themselves are harmless, the body’s immune system considers them a threat and begins to resist them. The result is puffy, red and watery eyes that may itch and even hurt.

What Are the Best Treatments for Eye Allergies?

Did you know that an estimated 30 percent of U.S. adults and 40 percent of children have seasonal allergies?  Many of those individuals experience eye irritation caused by pollen or mold spores. However, non-seasonal allergens, such as pet dander and dust mites, can also trigger eye irritation.

Eye allergy symptoms indicate that your immune system is reacting to allergen exposure. If symptoms are a significant concern, your allergist may recommend testing to identify the allergens responsible. The important information that testing reveals will allow you to receive the appropriate treatment for your eye allergies.

Using eye drops and saline solutions is a straightforward method to reduce symptoms like redness and itchiness. However, some of these treatments are recommended only for short-term use, so it’s important to consult with your allergist for guidance. Patients can take advantage of our allergy telehealth services for quick access to care. In some cases, immunotherapy – through allergy shots or drops – may be the best course of action. This treatment desensitizes the immune system to allergens and prevents the body from overreacting.

Top Questions About Eye Allergy Treatment

How do I know if my eye irritation is caused by allergies?

Red and irritated eyes are often caused by allergies, especially if they are associated with other allergy-related symptoms like sneezing. Your symptoms are likely caused by allergies if you notice they are temporary, follow a specific pattern or if you find relief after taking anti-histamines. You should still schedule an appointment with your optometrist to ensure your symptoms are not caused by an eye infection or other serious condition that could affect your eyesight.

 Do I need treatment for eye allergies?

You may need eye allergy treatment watery eyes are causing blurry vision or affecting your quality of life on a day-to-day basis. If over-the-counter remedies like saline drops are not effective in relieving your symptoms, your optometrist may recommend prescription strength eye drops or oral medications.

Is there anything I can do to help prevent allergies from affecting my eyes?

You may not be able to cure your allergies, but there are steps you can take to help prevent symptoms from getting out of hand. During seasons when pollen or mold levels are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to rinse them and your contact case daily to prevent airborne allergens from contaminating them. You can also speak with your allergist about the many allergy treatments for adults and children.

Professional Eye Allergy Treatments in North Texas

At TexasAllergyMD, we provide comprehensive allergy treatments from our locations in McKinney/Prosper and Southlake. If you need assistance with an eye allergy, speak with our team today. Call (469) 375-1525 or request an appointment.

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