Eye Allergy Relief
Many people think of springtime as allergy season, but allergies can strike all year round depending on what you happen to be allergic to — and these allergies can make your eyes just as miserable as the rest of you. Eye allergies can leave you with red, itchy, watery eyes and vision problems that interfere with your everyday life. That’s when you need to pay a visit to Westchester Eyecare Center, your source for effective eye allergy relief in Westchester and Playa Vista, CA.
Common Eye Allergies: Symptoms and Triggers
Many of the same allergens (allergy-causing substances) that affect your sinuses and the upper respiratory system can also irritate the eyes, although you may just as easily have symptoms that are confined to the eyes alone. These symptoms typically include excessive watering as well as itching or burning sensations. You may also experience allergic conjunctivitis, a form of “pink eye” in which the sensitive membrane that covers the white of the eye becomes irritated, causing this region to appear pink or red.
Why are you experiencing these problems? An allergy is a misdirected immune response that occurs when a harmless substance is mistaken for a hostile threat by the body. The immune response includes the production of large amounts of histamine, which affects your eyes and other tissues. Common allergens include:
- Pet dander
- Skin mites, especially those that tend to collect in your bedding
- Indoor and outdoor mold
- Seasonal pollen from various grasses, flowers, and trees
- Perfume, smoke, industrial chemicals and other environmental irritants
Even your contact lenses can be a source of allergy problems. If your eyelids are sensitive to the proteins that build up on soft contacts, you may develop symptoms related to giant papillary conjunctivitis. If you rub your eyes, pollen particles or other allergens may get stuck onto the surfaces of the lenses, aggravating your misery.
Getting Help From Our Westchester Optometrist
Eye allergy symptoms require the attention of our Westchester optometrist, Dr. Tabiza — and not just for reasons of comfort. Constant eye irritation and watering can affect your vision to a hazardous degree, especially when driving or performing risky work. You might even be suffering from a different eye condition that produces similar symptoms. We can give you an accurate diagnosis and recommend the proper treatments to help you start feeling (and seeing) better. Our eye doctor may recommend:
- Changes in your contact lens hygiene or even to a different kind of contact lenses
- Artificial tears to wash out allergens
- Topical antihistamines to relieve itching, redness, and irritation in the eyes
- Systemic allergy medications
- Corticosteroids (for limited periods only) for severe eye allergies
Eye Allergies in Westchester?
Give yourself a well-deserved break from the ongoing or seasonal discomforts of eye allergies in Westchester or Playa Vista. Call Westchester Eyecare Center at (310) 670-1888 to schedule a consultation, examination and any necessary treatment from our eye doctor!