Eye allergies are more common than you may think. Eye-Site of Boynton Beach, we treat eye allergies as well as other common eye health conditions.
What Causes Eye Allergies?
Eye allergies occur when your body reacts to a substance in the environment. This triggers the release of histamine, which causes common allergy symptoms. There are three basic types of allergens. These allergens include indoor allergens, outdoor allergens, and chemical irritants.
Indoor allergens include pet dander, dust, and mold. Outdoor allergies are usually triggered by pollen, which can come from flowers, weeds, or trees. Irritants are chemicals or other substances that you may be exposed to during your daily life. These include cigarette smoke, fragrances, and makeup.
Symptoms of Eye Allergies
The most common symptoms of eye allergies are red and itchy eyes. Unfortunately, it's natural to want to rub your eyes when they itch, but this can make the problem worse. You may also experience watery eyes, dry eyes, and swelling of the eyelids. Some people experience a burning sensation or feel like something is in their eyes.
You Should See an Optometrist for Eye Allergies
When you visit one of our optometrists for eye allergies, we will begin treatment with a thorough eye exam. This is important to rule out other eye conditions that can mimic ocular allergies. If you are diagnosed with ocular allergies, there are a few ways the eye doctor can help.
Your optometrist may prescribe eye drops to help reduce your allergy symptoms. The drops work by blocking histamine, which is what triggers allergy symptoms. We may also recommend over-the-counter lubricating eye drops if your eyes are dry or irritated.
Your eye doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes. These can include wearing glasses when outside, using cold compresses when experiencing symptoms, and avoiding touching your eyes.
If your allergy symptoms are severe, or you have other systemic symptoms along with eye allergies, your optometrist may also recommend supportive care. This typically means working with the eye doctor and your primary care provider. Your primary doctor can perform allergy tests to determine what is triggering your allergies.
Get Eye Allergy Treatment at Eye-Site of Boynton Beach
If you are suffering from eye allergies in Boynton Beach, contact Eye-Site of Boynton Beach. We offer eye exams and allergy treatment to reduce or eliminate your symptoms. Call our team today at (561) 738-0111 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.