Eye Allergies

Eye Allergy Treatment for Sufferers of Eye Allergies

Sufferers of eye allergies are dealing with some uncomfortable symptoms that keeps them from being able to wear their contacts and keeps them from seeing clearly. Even though some allergies are tied to seasonal pollen counts, there are other causes unrelated to the environment. The eye doctor at the Austin Vision Center in Austin, TX can diagnosis the cause and provide the correct solution. 


Symptoms of Eye Allergies

  • Watery eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Inflammation

Note: If you have one of these symptoms plus blurred vision, double vision, or other drastic change of vision, you should see an eye doctor. These later symptoms are not typically related to eye allergies.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Most irritants that causes an allergic reaction in the eyes are affecting the clear mucous membrane covering the eye. This mucous membrane is of the same substance that covers the inside surface of the nose. Therefore, the allergens that affect your nose may also affect your eyes.

Types of allergens can be divided into two main groups: inside and outside. 

Outside allergens include:

  1. Tree pollen
  2. Grasses
  3. Pollen from blooming flowers and weeds
  4. Smoke and fumes 

Inside allergens that can be affecting your eyes are:

  1. Mold
  2. Cleaning chemicals
  3. Pet dander
  4. Dust mites
  5. Chemicals contained in beauty product

It may take some investigating to determine what is in your home that may be irritating your eyes. 

What Medications Are Available to Treat My Eye Allergies?

There are several over-the-counter medications available to consider. Medicated eye drops can be very effective. Oral antihistamines can be helpful to relieve your symptoms.

If symptoms persist, then you should be examined by your eye doctor, or optometrist. They can help you track down what is causing your eye irritation. They also have access to medications that are only available by prescription. Your optometrist can decide what type of medication you need and how powerful it should be. While treating your eye allergy, your eye doctor may also choose to check for any other eye conditions.

You may also want to visit an allergist. They will help you to determine what you are allergic to. Your allergist may then prescribe immunotherapy. Immunotherapy may not only relieve your symptoms, but prevent a future outbreak. 

Austin Optometrist Has Solutions for Your Eye Allergies

The quality optometry practiced at the Austin Vision Center in Austin, TX will help you get the relief you desire. Make an appointment with us today by calling. We will provide you with the solutions needed to care for your vision and bring you comfort.  

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