Understanding Eye Allergies and Treatment
Eye allergies, also called allergic conjunctivitis, are a common eye condition that affects millions worldwide. While this condition is usually temporary and can be managed with medication, it is essential to understand its symptoms and causes to get effective treatment.
At Family EyeCare at Westchase in Tampa, FL, we understand how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be to deal with eye allergies. However, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you manage your symptoms and get relief. Although let’s look at what eye allergies are, their most common causes, and the available treatments.
What Are Eye Allergies?
Eye allergies are inflammation of the eye caused by an allergic reaction to a foreign substance. When these allergens enter your eyes, your body’s immune system releases histamine. As a result, these allergens cause swelling, redness in your eyes, and other uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, tearing, and blurred vision.
What Causes Eye Allergies?
The most common causes of eye allergies are:
- Pollen – Trees, grasses, and weeds release tiny particles called pollen, which can cause eye allergies when inhaled or come into contact with the eyes.
- Dust mites – These microscopic creatures are found in most homes and can quickly become airborne, causing allergic reactions.
- Animal dander – Pet fur, feathers, and other animal byproducts can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions.
- Mold – Mold spores are released by fungi like mushrooms and can be found in moist, dark places like basements or bathrooms.
How to Treat and Manage Eye Allergies
Eye allergies can be treated and managed through several methods, including;
Avoiding the Allergen
The best way to manage eye allergies is to avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms. For example, you can prevent these symptoms by keeping windows closed when pollen levels are high, avoiding areas where dust mites or mold spores may be present, and limiting contact with animals that cause allergic reactions.
You may take Over-the-counter medications like antihistamines and decongestants to reduce the symptoms of eye allergies. But remember, before taking any medication, it is essential to consult your optometrist.
Allergy Eye Drops
You can also use prescription eye drops to reduce symptoms and relieve symptoms. Your optometrist will recommend the right type for you.
If other treatments fail, your doctor or optometry expert may prescribe immunotherapy. This treatment can desensitize your body and make it less responsive to allergens. This process is done by gradually introducing small amounts of the allergen to build tolerance.
Contact Us for Eye Allergy Treatment
If you or your loved ones suffer from eye allergies, we can help. At Family EyeCare at Westchase in Tampa, FL, our experienced optometrists and optometry staff will work with you to provide the best possible care. We offer comprehensive eye exams, allergy testing, and treatments tailored to your needs. Contact us at (813) 814-2020 for more information about our services and to get started.