Much more than a simple annoyance, during allergy season, eye allergies can prevent you from doing the things you need to do and make you feel miserable. In addition to not feeling your best, the constant rubbing, scratching and watering will make you look and feel exhausted. Eye allergies should definitely be treated but the key to any treatment is finding out what is causing them. This is not always a simple task as the particles that trigger your eye allergies, antigens, could be many things. Some major antigens are pollen, dust and grass and people with hay fever normally experience worse symptoms when they go outdoors on days with a high pollen count. Of course, the best way to treat these eye allergies is to avoid the substances that are causing your symptoms. Our Whitney Eye Care Specialists
, Trang Tran, OD and Esther Tan, OD, will go over some easy tips to alleviate some of your symptoms to make you as comfortable as possible.
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Taking a shower before bed can definitely help with irritated eyes as antigens can easily get caught in your hair and on your clothes throughout the day. Sheets and, specifically, pillowcases, should be washed more often and don’t forget to change your air conditioning filters throughout the season. Itchy eyes prompt rubbing but excessive rubbing will actually trigger allergies so try your best to ignore the temptation. Instead of rubbing you can try a cold compress for 5 or 10 minutes as well as some antihistamine eye drops. If all else fails and there is further pain or discharge, you should contact our Whitney Eye Care
Center right away before it gets any worse.
Some of our patients are also allergic to indoor allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. These are year round irritants that cause your symptoms to worsen when you vacuum, dust, groom pets and mop. Eye allergens can also stick to contact lenses and our Whitney Eye Care
Specialists will sometimes suggest switching to daily disposable contact lenses that you throw away each day or even switch to wearing glasses. Eye allergies may cause you brief blurriness but they do not affect your eyesight seriously. Eye allergies that lead to allergic conjunctivitis can be uncomfortable and painful but is not contagious. Drs. Tran and Tan understand that there are more serious eye conditions that will affect your vision and will do the appropriate tests so that you are diagnosed and treated properly.
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