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Suffering with an Eye Allergy

Many people suffer with eyes that are red, watery, itchy, tearing or burning. Often these conditions are caused by eye allergies, also called allergic conjunctivitis. While a great many people with these symptoms just ignore them and assume that they are simply due to another condition such as a cold or nasal issue, they may in fact be the result of an allergy. At the office of Optical Outlets we can diagnose an eye allergy, as well as prescribe treatments to alleviate your discomfort.

Eye allergies are brought on by exposure to an allergen, which can be triggered by either indoor or outside irritants. Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people. An allergic reaction can occur when that “something” comes in contact with antibodies attached to the mast cells in your eyes. The cells respond by releasing histamine and other substances or chemicals that cause tiny blood vessels to leak and the eyes to become itchy, red and watery. Indoor triggers include items such as pet dander, dust mites and mold, while outside allergens include pollen from grass, trees and weeds. Irritants such as smoke, perfume, car and truck exhaust, as well as diesel fumes, can also cause eye allergies. Because eye allergies can exhibit similar symptoms to other diseases of the eye, it’s important to visit our eye doctor for an eye examination to attain an accurate diagnosis. If swollen blood vessels and inflammation of the conjunctiva is present, it’s possible that you are suffering with an eye allergy. Depending on the severity of the allergy, there are many treatment options, ranging from over-the-counter eye drops to prescription medications that are designed to calm the allergy. Of course, identifying and avoiding the trigger allergens is an essential component of care.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459

Treating Eye Allergies

Do your eyes itch and water every spring when the flowers bloom? Or perhaps your eyes are red and puffy year round, and you aren’t quite sure why. In many cases, allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, are to blame. At the office of Optical Outlets we’ll evaluate your symptoms and perform a comprehensive examination to accurately diagnose eye allergies and recommend an effective course of care. Our experienced team of eye care professionals will guide you ways to reduce exposure to allergens, and recommend eye drops or medications to help manage your symptoms, if indicated.

Eye allergies, like all allergic reactions, occurs when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a common environmental substance, thereby releasing histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. Season allergic conjunctivitis is the most common type of eye allergy, and is caused by outdoor allergens like pollen, weeds and grass. If you have a seasonal eye allergy, it a good idea whenever possible to avoid situations that trigger your symptoms, like walking by a freshly mowed lawn. Also, it can help to wear glasses or sunglasses that protect your eyes from coming into contact with allergens. If your eye allergies occur year round, you may have perennial allergic conjunctivitis, which is typically caused by household allergens that are present daily, such as pet dander, dust, mold and smoke. Because eye allergies often exhibit symptoms that are similar to other eye conditions, our eye doctor will perform a comprehensive examination to rule out other causes. As part of your exam, we may also examine your eye with a specialized scope that checks for the presence of certain cells indicative that are indicative of an allergic reaction. Treating eye allergies depends on the type of allergy and its severity. In many cases, prescription eye drops and medications can alleviate your symptoms. In some causes immunotherapy shots may be recommended to manage allergic reactions.

At the office of Optical Outlets, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

2391 South Highway 27
Clermont, Florida 34711
(352) 988-2459