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According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, there are an estimated 50 million seasonal allergy sufferers in the U.S. Many of these allergy sufferers experience eye allergy symptoms, including red eyes, swollen eyelids, watery and itchy eyes. Eye allergy symptoms can even play a part in eye infections such as pink eye. As your Allentown optometrist, we can help you manage eye allergy symptoms – providing effective solutions for your eye allergy needs.
While it is possible to be allergic to many different substances, pollen, pet dander, dust, and mold are the four most common airborne allergens. Eye allergies can also result from products people use such as eye drops or cosmetics.
There are a number of different ways that you can minimize your eye allergy symptoms, both through prevention and treatment. Some of them include:
Many of the allergens that cause eye allergy symptoms can be avoided through awareness and preparation. Most weather reports, including weather apps, will provide information on daily allergens like pollen and mold. Many will give specific details about the type of pollen or allergens that are high on a particular day. Once you understand what you are allergic to, you can attempt to minimize your exposure – by staying inside, using an air filter or even wearing a disposable mask and wraparound eye protection when you go outside.
Mild eye allergy symptoms can often be treated using over-the-counter eye drops. There are a number of different products available that help to minimize the itchiness, redness and other symptoms that occur during allergy season.
If you are used to wearing contacts year-round, you may be making your symptoms worse during allergy season. The many airborne allergens that appear during allergy season can accumulate on the surface of your contacts, irritating your eyes and increasing your symptoms. By wearing eyeglasses during allergy season, you provide some protection to your eyes and avoid the eye allergy problems associated with contact lens wear.
If you experience eye allergy symptoms that are not relieved by avoidance and over-the-counter medications, you may benefit from prescription medication prescribed by our optometry team. There are a wide variety of medications available through prescription. The main categories include:
Each category of medication is designed to treat eye allergies differently. Some medications may be more effective than others depending on your specific allergies. Our optometry team can give you a full eye exam to determine what type of medication is best suited to your situation. And if one does not provide relief, we can try different strategies until we help you find relief!
Please contact our eye care team to schedule your next eye exam, call us at (610) 432-3258. We are here for all your eye allergy and vision care needs.