The key to treating your eye allergies are finding out what is actually triggering them. This may not be an easy task but whether the particles that activate your allergies (antigens) are pollen, pet dander, dust or grass, the most common way to treat these allergies is to avoid the substances that cause your symptoms. Some easy tips to alleviate some symptoms include washing your pillow cases more often and make sure to change your air conditioning filter throughout the season. Taking a shower before bed can also help with irritated eyes, as antigens can get caught in your clothes and hair during the day. Rubbing your eyes can also trigger eye allergies and should be avoided as much as possible. Cold compresses for 5 or 10 minutes can also relieve discomfort as well as antihistamine eye drops. Of course, if symptoms worsen and there is extreme redness, pain or discharge, your Las Vegas Eye Care Specialist, Joseph Eng, OD should be contacted immediately.
An eye allergy is also called allergic conjunctivitis and happens when something you are allergic to irritates the fine membrane that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid, known as the conjuctiva. Allergic reactions include watery, itchy eyes and eyes that hurt or become red or swollen. The most common causes of allergic conjunctivitis are pollen and mold spores. People with hay fever usually see their symptoms get worse when they go outside on days with high pollen counts. Our Las Vegas Eye Care Doctor sees many patients who are allergic to indoor, year-round allergens such as dust mites and pet dander. These symptoms get worse when household chores get done like vacuuming, mopping, dusting and especially when grooming a pet.
As bothersome as eye allergy symptoms can be, other than some brief blurriness, they don’t seriously affect your eyesight. Allergic conjunctivitis is also not a contagious condition. Our Las Vegas Eye Care Specialist knows that there are some infections and other conditions that can threaten eyesight that have very similar symptoms to allergic reactions but with proper testing and Dr. Eng’s expertise you will be diagnosed and treated appropriately.