About Eye Allergies
Approximately 8 – 10% of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies (commonly called hay fever) and develop bothersome, unpleasant symptoms. Sneezing, congestion, and itchy noses are some of the most familiar allergy indicators, but so are red, watery, irritated, swollen eyes. When allergic reactions irritate your eyes, this is known as allergic conjunctivitis (ocular or eye allergies). The irritation caused by ocular allergies can be slight to severe, but they almost always have simple treatments. The board-certified team at Kirk Eye Center is experienced with numerous eye allergy treatments to lessen your symptoms. Call our office in River Forest or Gurnee, IL to arrange your consultation.
Symptoms of EYE ALLERGIES
On top of sneezing, sniffling, and a stuffy nose, many people who have hay fever tend to also suffer from discomfort in their eyes. The most obvious symptoms of ocular allergies are teary, itchy, red, and swollen eyes. For most adults and children, the symptoms of ocular allergies also affect the eyelids, which means they become itchy, puffy, and irritated, too. These problems often create an intense desire to rub or scratch the eyes, but doing so can make your symptoms even worse.
EYE ALLERGY Causes
Usually, there aren’t any worrisome causes for ocular allergies. They are just your eyes reacting to the same allergens that set off your other allergic reactions, like congestion or a stuffy nose. Typically, patients with eye allergies are having a reaction to different types of pollen, fungus, dust mites, pet dander, or other ordinary airborne allergens. A lot of people can also develop eye allergies to things, like fragrances, tobacco smoke, and beauty products.
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How Eye Allergies Are Diagnosed
Though eye allergies are usually not concerning, their symptoms sometimes match those of other more adverse conditions so Dr. Kirk will perform a complete eye examination. He will also review any past conditions, in addition to your existing symptoms, in order to determine whether a more harmful condition may be occurring. If necessary, Dr. Kirk may refer you to an allergy specialist who can determine the specific triggers that are causing your reactions.
EYE ALLERGY Treatment Options
As is the case with any allergy, the best way to escape your eye allergies is to limit your exposure to the allergen, though that is usually not simple. Individuals who use contacts and suffer from eye allergies can sometimes get some relief by using disposable daily contacts. In addition, numerous nonprescription eye drops are made that are intended to minimize inflammation and itching, but often, they offer only partial relief so prescription eye drops may be needed.
Receive Eye Allergy Relief
In a lot of cases, ocular allergies are painful and bothersome, but fortunately, there are some simple options to get relief. Our offices in River Forest and Gurnee, IL treat patients on a case-by-case basis to be sure that they receive the best answer for their individual case. If you have symptoms of eye allergies, contact Kirk Eye Center to set up an eye exam.