Classic Vision Care
OPTOMETRY LOCATED IN KENNESAW, GA
& MARIETTA, GA
Allergies Q & A
What are eye allergies?
Eye allergies include any eye issues triggered by allergies or allergic reactions. There are many different possible eye allergies.
Most eye allergies come from seasonal allergies like pollen or other outdoor airborne allergens. But, eye allergies might also develop in reaction to indoor airborne allergens like mold, pet dander, or cigarette smoke.
In some cases, cosmetics like mascara or other substances that go on or around your eyes can trigger eye allergies, too.
Your Classic Vision Care provider examines your eyes and reviews your symptoms to determine the underlying cause of your eye allergies so they can prescribe the right treatment for you.
What are the symptoms of eye allergies?
If you have eye allergies, you may experience all of the following problems.
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Watery eyes
- Dry eyes
- Puffy eyelids
Usually, eye allergies happen at the same time as other allergic symptoms like a runny nose and sneezing.
How are eye allergies treated?
There are several approaches to eye allergy treatment. Your Classic Vision Care optometrist may prescribe one or more of the following treatments.
A few of the lifestyle changes that may help with eye allergies include using high-quality air filters in your home, wearing protective sunglasses when you’re outdoors, switching to daily disposable contact lenses, or wearing glasses instead of contact lenses when your eye allergies are especially severe.
Your Classic Vision Care optometrist gets to know you personally so they can make customized recommendations.
Your optometrist may prescribe medicated eye drops to reduce inflammation, soothe itchiness, and stop eye watering. Depending on the specific eye drops, you might use the prescription up to four times a day.
If you have chronic severe eye allergies, you might need corticosteroid eye drops. But, generally, this type of eye drop is meant for short-term use.
If you have chronic severe allergies and eye symptoms are only a part of the problem, your Classic Vision Care optometrist might recommend working with an allergist, a medical doctor who specializes in allergies.
Sometimes, whole-body allergy treatments like immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, can effectively relieve not only your nasal symptoms but also your eye allergy problems.
For eye allergy relief, reach out to the Classic Vision Care team by calling the office closest to you or clicking the online scheduler now.
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