If you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States suffering from chronic allergies, therapeutic optometrist, Amina Ebrahim, OD, can help. At D Vision Eyecare in Allen, Texas, Dr. Ebrahim offers comprehensive eye care to relieve the discomfort of itchy, dry eyes. She provides on-site diagnostic testing to confirm allergies and customizes treatment to help you manage your allergy symptoms all year long. Schedule an appointment at D Vision Eyecare today by calling the office or request a consultation online now.
When you have an allergy to certain substances in your environment, your eyes react by producing histamine in their defense. Histamine can produce a number of symptoms that affect the comfort and health of your eyes.
If you have nasal or skin allergies, you may be more susceptible to eye allergies. Some allergies are seasonal, becoming more severe during spring and fall when pollen counts are high.
Other common triggers of eye allergies include:
Certain foods can also trigger an allergic reaction in your eyes.
When you come into contact with an allergen, your eyes can become red and swollen. Other common symptoms of an eye allergy include:
You may also experience other allergy symptoms that affect your respiratory system, including a sore throat, sneezing, and a headache.
Because symptoms of eye allergies are similar to infections, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive eye exam at D Vision Eyecare as soon as possible.
Dr. Ebrahim reviews your personal and family medical history to determine if you have risk factors for allergies. She uses the latest diagnostic technologies to view the interior structures of your eye to rule out other underlying health issues, such as dry eye, and confirm allergies.
A slit-lamp microscope helps her identify swollen blood vessels that can indicate allergies or find foreign bodies that are causing persistent eye irritation.
An important part of managing eye allergies is to avoid your triggers as much as possible, such as keeping your windows closed when pollen counts are high and frequently vacuuming around your house to minimize dust and pet dander.
To increase eye comfort, Dr. Ebrahim may recommend over-the-counter allergy medications to lessen symptoms. Artificial tears help moisturize your eyes and wash away allergens and foreign bodies that irritate your eyes. Medicated eye drops may be necessary if you have chronic allergy symptoms that interfere with your eye comfort and quality of life.
Routine eye exams are also important to ensure your eyes are healthy. Dr. Ebrahim continues to monitor the effectiveness of your eye allergy treatment and provides guidance to prevent long-term complications, like corneal scratches and infections, that can result from rubbing dry, itchy eyes.
If symptoms of eye allergies are making life uncomfortable, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ebrahim. You can book an eye exam by calling D Vision Eyecare now or request an appointment online today.