Treating Eye Allergies at Our Manchester CT Optometry Clinic
Allergies, in general, are no fun, but eye allergies can be truly miserable. Some people experience them only occasionally or in a more mild way, but others find themselves struggling with eye allergy problems almost constantly. Here at our optometry clinic in Manchester CT, we offer help in treating these annoying issues.
Symptoms of Eye Allergies
Eye allergies may or may not be accompanied by the classic allergic reactions, such as sneezing, itching, and runny nose. Eye symptoms include redness, swelling of the eyelids, itching, and tearing.
Causes of Eye Allergies
Allergies are caused when the body develops an immune response to a harmless environmental substance. Allergies can be triggered by anything, but some of the most common allergens include pollen, pets, dust mites, and mold.
Treating Eye Allergies
Our optometrist in Manchester CT has experience treating patients with eye allergies, and we can give you suggestions as well as any necessary medications. However, treatment starts at home with avoiding as many of the allergens as possible. To do this, you may have to get creative:
- Wear wraparound sunglasses to reduce the chances of pollen blowing into your eyes
- Check pollen counts before going outside
- Use an air conditioner or air filter to remove airborne allergens inside the house
- Wet mop instead of dusting or sweeping so that more allergens are not stirred up
- Wash your hands immediately after touching pets, before touching your face
- Keep pets out of your bedroom
- Wash your bedding regularly
- Consider using special linens that reduce dust mite exposure
Avoidance is an important first step, but if it solved all of your problems, you wouldn't need help. Since avoiding the allergens will probably not remove the issues entirely, there are other treatment methods that may be helpful:
- Use oral antihistamines
- Flush your eyes frequently with artificial tears
- Test to see if wearing your contacts makes things worse
- Ask our optometrist about medicated eye drops, if necessary
Contacts are frequently implicated in making eye allergies worse because allergens may stick to the lenses and remain in your eyes. Some people with eye allergies can use daily disposable lenses because these are replaced before there is a chance for allergens to build upon them.
Prudhomme Vision Helps Manchester CT Patients See Better
Here at Prudhomme Vision in Manchester CT, we help people see better whether they have allergies, eye diseases, or just need vision correction assistance. Our optometrist in Manchester CT takes appointments over the phone at 860-644-3364. Call us today for help with your itchy, watery eyes—you don't have to just live with it!