What Are Eye Allergies?
Every year, 50 million U.S. adults and children deal with seasonal allergies (commonly referred to as hay fever) and endure annoying, sometimes painful symptoms. Sneezing, congestion, and itchy noses are well-known symptoms, but so are bloodshot, watery, itchy, and puffy eyes. When allergens irritate your eyes, you have allergic conjunctivitis, also known as ocular or eye allergies. Eye allergies are prevalent and will impact most patients at some point. The symptoms caused by ocular allergies can range from mild to intense, but they usually have convenient treatment options. At Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL, our board-certified ophthalmologists have experience treating eye allergies to reduce your symptoms. Please reach out to our team at Bentz Eye Center to learn more or schedule your eye exam.
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What to expect with eye allergies
Besides sneezing, sniffling, and an itchy nose, most people who have hay fever tend to also suffer from symptoms that affect their eyes. The most familiar symptoms of eye allergies include watery, irritated, red, and swollen eyes that may ache or feel sensitive to light. Usually, patients with eye allergies have trouble with tree pollen, mildew, dust mites, animal dander, tobacco smoke, beauty products, or perfumes.
Though eye allergies are usually not dangerous, their symptoms sometimes mimic other types of more severe conditions. Because of this, we will complete an eye evaluation to determine the underlying cause. If we do diagnose you with eye allergies, we can provide prescription eye drops or other solutions. Additionally, if you wear contacts, our team can reduce uncomfortable symptoms by switching you to disposable daily options.
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Eye Allergies FAQ
What causes eye allergies?
Eye allergies are when the body has an immune system reaction to an environmental irritant such as pollen, pet dander, dust, cosmetics, perfume, or mold.
When should I see an eye allergy specialist?
If you are experiencing symptoms of eye allergies, it might be time to visit an eye allergy specialist. The common symptoms of eye allergies include:
- Tearing or burning
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
It is important to note that other eye conditions can cause these symptoms, so it is best that you see an eye doctor at Bentz Eye Center in West Palm Beach, FL, to confirm allergies are the cause of your symptoms.
How are eye allergies treated?
Eye allergies can be treated with both over-the-counter and prescription medications. These medications include eye drops like artificial tears and steroid eye drops, as well as oral medications like antihistamines or decongestants. Consult your eye doctor to learn what medications may be right for you.
Receive Eye Allergy Relief
Typically, eye allergies are painful and bothersome, but thankfully, you have some helpful options to get relief. Our West Palm Beach, FL ophthalmologists treat patients on an individual basis so they receive the optimal care for their unique case. Please reach out to Bentz Eye Center if you experience eye allergies to schedule your eye exam.