Its that time of year again! Birds are chirping, leaves are returning to the trees, flowers are blooming, and everything is covered in a thick yellow dust. For many, this leads to weeks or even months of suffering through allergy symptoms.
For many people, pollen from trees and flowers is the most obvious cause of allergy symptoms, but there are also a number of other culprits. For example, mold and smoke are other common causes for ocular allergies. Occasionally, we see allergic responses to makeup, detergents, soaps, and perfumes. Finally, for those that suffer year around allergies the cause is most likely from something indoors, such as dust or pet dander.
If you suffer from allergies, you know that in addition to sneezing, a runny nose, and sore throat, they can affect your eyes. An allergic response in eyes often causes redness, watering, itching, eyelid swelling and/or a stringy discharge from the eyes. Some people have an even more severe response with swelling in the conjunctiva, which lies over the white part of your eye.
There are several different ways to treat ocular allergies. For those who have both nasal and ocular symptoms, an oral antihistamine is often needed. Nasal sprays can also be used, but many are not safe or effective for long term use. People who have exclusively ocular symptoms or those who are not adequately treated with oral medications may also need allergy eye drops, which are available in both prescription and over-the-counter options. If you are suffering from ocular allergies we can provide you with a personalized treatment plan, just give us a call!