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Allergies are among the most common of ailments in the United States. It's estimated that 30-50% of Americans experience allergy symptoms, and 3 quarters of those feel at least some of those symptoms in their eyes. But just because eye allergies are common doesn't mean that if you are one of the people who have them you can afford to carry on as usual. The right guidance from your optometrist in Celina or Plano, Texas can make a big difference on how you manage your condition and the extent that you are able to enjoy the world around you.
Consulting a Doctor of Optometry for Eye Allergies
Some people who experience eye allergy symptoms simply view their itchy, watery eyes as part of the bigger picture and stick with over the counter medications and eye drops in their attempt to function, but for many consulting a doctor of optometry about these symptoms can make a big difference in how they get through allergy season as well as how they care for their eyes long term.
Complications From Eye Allergies
For many eye allergies are not just uncomfortable, they can lead to more problems both short and long term. One of the biggest problems comes from enhancing the basic symptoms of itchy and watery eyes by rubbing the eyes. While rubbing may be instinctive, it actually makes things worse because it releases histamines into the eye. Another big problem for allergy sufferers is allergic conjunctivitis, also known as hay fever. When this happens eyes become swollen and treatment often requires either anti-inflammatory medications, eye drops, and/or prescription corticosteroid eye drops. Although these methods bring relief, they can ultimately cause increased eye pressure and increase the risk of serious conditions, such as glaucoma or cataracts. A doctor of optometry in Celina or Plano can help monitor any side effects from medications in order to help limit your discomfort.
Dry Eye Confusion
There are many ways that dry eye and eye allergies can sometimes mimic one another. For example, dry eyes tend to burn, rather than an itch. If dry eye is present with or without allergies, it is important to get guidance from an optometrist to make sure the right condition is being treated, and that you don't develop an allergic reaction to the preservatives that are present in some eye drop medications.
Limiting Your Eye Allergy Symptoms
Allergies can develop at any age, so depending on your experience you may or may not feel like a pro when it comes to dealing with them. Either way, it is beneficial to get professional help early in the season. At Lone Star Vision Eye Care & Optical, we have locations in both Plano, TX and Celina, TX and are ready to serve your eye care needs in whichever is most convenient for you and your family.
In the meantime, it is always advisable to do what you can to limit outbreaks. Some of the most common eye allergens include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold. Exposure to these things can be limited by keeping your home clean and installing filters and air purifiers in order to limit exposure. Outdoor symptoms can be lessened by wearing wrap around sunglasses and being mindful of pollen counts. If you wear contacts, consider giving your eyes a break from your lenses, or change disposable lenses more often to help keep your eyes from drying out or collecting allergens from the air. To get a handle on your eye allergies, or to get help with any of your eye care needs to contact our Plano clinic at 972-378-4101 or our Celina clinic at 972-382-2020 to schedule an appointment.