Eye Allergies

Akers Eyecare Center

Frank Akers II, OD

Optometrist located in Mesa, AZ

If you’re among the 50 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies, itchy, watery eyes may seem like something you just have to tolerate. At Akers Eyecare Center, optometrist Dr. Frank Akers II can help you find relief. If you live in Mesa, Arizona, and suffer from allergies that affect your eyes, call the office or use the online booking agent for diagnosis and treatment.

Eye Allergies Q & A

What causes eye allergies?

Allergies, in your eyes or elsewhere, occur due to an overreaction of your immune system. When your body perceives something that’s normally harmless as a threat, it creates antibodies that cause your eyes to release histamines. These histamines cause common eye allergy symptoms.

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?

It’s likely that allergies are the culprit if you have any of the following symptoms in your eyes:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Excessive tearing

Oftentimes, these symptoms accompany sneezing and a runny nose, other common signs of seasonal allergies. You may also suffer allergic reactions to pet dander, mold, and dust. Certain eye drops and chemicals can also prompt allergies in some people.

How can I minimize eye allergies?

Sometimes, it’s easiest to avoid triggering an eye allergy altogether. If you know you have environmental causes, stay inside when pollen or mold counts are high. Remove your contacts during days in which allergens are high, as they can cause irritation and attract allergens. Over-the-counter eye drops can help provide relief in mild cases, too.

Specific lifestyle habits that reduce the severity of allergies include the following:

  • Avoid rubbing your eyes
  • Shower before bedtime to remove any allergens that may have accumulated over the course of the day
  • Wear wraparound-style sunglasses to protect your eyes while you’re outside
  • Use sterile saline rinses and eye lubricants often to help flush out allergens

How does an eye doctor treat eye allergies?

In moderate or severe cases, Dr. Akers may prescribe prescription eye drops that contain antihistamines or steroids. He may also prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops to decrease the swelling and inflammation associated with allergies. Decongestant eye drops can reduce eye redness; they constrict blood vessels in your eyes. Specific eyedrops containing ketotifen ease allergy symptoms for up to 12 hours.

It’s important to visit Dr. Akers when you have symptoms of eye allergies because these symptoms may also indicate an eye infection or conjunctivitis.

If you have red, itchy, and watery eyes, don’t suffer. Dr. Akers can help you find relief. Make an appointment for eye allergy treatment today.