Eye Allergies Treatment From EyeWorks
Red, itchy, watering eyes are some of the most common symptoms of eye allergies, an annoying condition that results when your body overreacts to a harmless substance. Here at EyeWorks in Lumberton & Benson, we treat patients for eye allergies as well as many other conditions at our optometry practice.
What Causes Eye Allergies?
All allergies occur when the body's immune system overreacts to a harmless substance, such as pet dander, mold, pollen, or dust mites. Eye allergies occur when your main symptom is related to your eyes. Sometimes, people experience only eye symptoms, while others may experience a range of systemic issues including eye symptoms.
Allergic conjunctivitis, which is the proper name for eye allergies, can have a number of symptoms. The most common symptoms are redness, itchiness, swelling, and excessive tearing. Temporary blurred vision may also result. The condition is not dangerous, but it can be very uncomfortable.
Treating Eye Allergies
The best treatment for eye allergies is to avoid the trigger. However, this is often not possible. Reducing exposure to the triggering substance in combination with treatment methods such as allergy medications is often a more realistic option. The methods used to reduce allergen exposure depend on the type of allergy:
- People with pet allergies should bathe their pets regularly, avoid allowing them near their face, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- People with pollen allergies should check pollen forecasts and stay inside when the numbers are at their highest. Using an air filter and keeping the windows closed should reduce exposure when you are indoors.
- People with dust mite allergies should wash their linens regularly in hot water. Special linens made to protect against dust mites are also available.
- Anyone with eye allergies should reconsider wearing contacts, at least when your symptoms are at their worst. Contact lenses can trap allergens against the eye and if they are not daily disposables, can build up more and more allergens as the days go by.
- Over-the-counter oral antihistamines may help, but these can also dry out your eyes, which may make things worse.
- Plain, non-medicated artificial tears can help wash out allergens, but do not use medicated eye drops unless directed to by an optometrist. The 'rebound' effect that occurs when stopping some of these drops can actually make things worse.
EyeWorks in Lumberton & Benson Offers High-Quality Optometry Services
Whether you have eye allergies, need a new prescription, or just haven't been to the optometrist in a while, EyeWorks is here to help. Our two locations in Lumberton & Benson offer high-quality exams, vision correction, and treatment options. To reach our Lumberton optometry clinic, call 910-738-6464. To reach our Benson location, call 919-894-2001. Call us today for an appointment!