Eye allergies are surprisingly common in many people. At the office of Michael Vathanasaynee, our North Las Vegas eye doctor can help treat itchy, irritated allergic eyes. Because there are many different reasons that eyes can become irritated and allergic, we go over the history and symptoms of each individual before finding a solution for your eye allergies.
Eye allergies are very common in many people. Known as allergic conjunctivitis, an eye allergy occurs when the eye reacts to a substance that causes irritation. An allergic reaction is the body’s response to allergens. Symptoms of eye allergies include red and watery eyes, itchy eyes and can be more common for people with skin allergies like eczema. The risk of getting an eye allergy is higher in spring and summer when an abundance of flowers, grasses, plants and trees are in bloom. Our North Las Vegas eye doctor can perform a test to check for eye allergies. Tests include a skin prick test to determine the cause of the allergies, and a treatment plan in place to combat the eye allergies. Allergies are usually treated with medications like antihistamines and decongestants, shots or eye drops, although the best way to treat an eye allergy is to simply avoid the allergen that is causing it, which is easier said than done.
Allergens may include pollen, dust, or smoke. Normally, the body wards off harmful viruses and bacteria. But for those with eye allergies, the immune system mistakes an allergen for a dangerous substance, which can lead to many irritating symptoms like itchy, red and watery eyes. Most eye allergies are usually caused by allergens in the air, like smoke, dust, pollen, mold or dander. If these can be avoided that would be to the benefit of the sufferer, but if not, medication can be tried to see if it helps the patient feel better.