Allergy eyes can be itchy, painful, distracting, and uncomfortable, but these aren’t the only reasons to seek treatment; allergies can cause eye irritation that puts the cornea at risk of injury. The eye allergy experts at Ford Eye Center in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, are eager to alleviate allergy eye symptoms for patients who are suffering.
What Causes Allergy Eyes?
Allergy eyes referred to as allergic conjunctivitis in the ophthalmology industry, are caused by exposure to environmental irritants much like other environmental or seasonal allergies.
Some of the triggers are:
- Pet dander
- Cigarette smoke
- Certain Perfumes
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Allergy Eyes?
Allergic conjunctivitis is characterized by redness, itching, and either dry or watery eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis can be uncomfortable or even painful if left untreated and can put the eye at risk of injury from irritation. Many people seek treatment for their nasal allergy symptoms but choose to ignore their allergy eyes. Don’t ignore the symptoms, call or schedule an appointment online at any one of Ford Eye Center’s 2 convenient locations.
Can Allergies be Alleviated with Over-the-Counter Eye Drops or Medications?
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications can sometimes alleviate allergic conjunctivitis. Visiting with an optometrist or ophthalmologist is the first step in finding the best solution for allergy eyes. For some patients, it may be OTC while for others, prescription treatment is required.
How are Allergy Eyes Treated at Ford Eye Center?
Allergic conjunctivitis is treated with eye drops, which can target and reduce inflammation in the eye. These treatments are often used to treat allergic conjunctivitis as well as prevent it from occurring during allergy seasons following the initial occurrence.
Which Patients are at Highest Risk of Developing Allergic Conjunctivitis?
Patients who suffer from seasonal allergies are at highest risk of developing allergic conjunctivitis. Patients who suffer from autoimmune disorders or dry eye are also at increased risk. If you’re suffering from allergy eyes, call or schedule an appointment online with any one of the doctors at Ford Eye Center. The practice has two convenient locations in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas. The practice is currently welcoming new patients and accepts most major forms of insurance.