Living in the Southeastern region of the US has its perks with all of the beautiful trees, native plants, and grasses, but that also means that eye allergies can be an issue. If your eyes are red, itchy, or watering, you may be suffering from eye allergies. At Maison Optique Vision Center, we evaluate and treat chronic eye allergies everyday.
Exposure to allergens triggers mast cells in the eyes, releasing histamine and causing inflammation. Seasonal allergies often result from pollen and mold spores, while perennial allergies can be linked to dust mites and pet dander. Short-term reactions may occur due to exposure to sensitivities like makeup or perfume.
How long can allergies bother you?
Allergy severity varies; some experience seasonal aggravation during tree and grass pollination, while others face year-round challenges with pet dander or dust mites.
Is it dry eye syndrome or allergies?
Both conditions may present with itching and a scratchy sensation.True ocular allergies are characterized by itching, while grittiness or a sandy feeling often indicates dry eyes. Over-the-counter oral antihistamines and decongestants may exacerbate dry eyes, necessitating concurrent treatment.
What treatments are available?
Over-the-counter treatments may be supplemented with prescribed drops. The severity determines the prescribed drops, ranging from short-term mild ocular steroids for quick relief to long-term mast cell stabilizer/antihistamine combinations.
How can I find permanent relief?
Permanent relief involves avoiding triggers, though this is not always feasible. Long-term management with mast cell stabilizer/antihistamine drops offers ongoing relief.
What contact lenses are best for eye allergies?
Daily disposable contact lenses are recommended for comfort, reducing allergens. Combining prescribed drops with daily disposables optimizes comfort for contact lens wearers.