Eye Allergies in Tuscaloosa, AL

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About Eye Allergies

Approximately 50 million U.S. adults and children experience seasonal allergies and have unpleasant symptoms. Sneezing, sniffling, and itchy noses are some of the most common allergy indicators, but so are red, watery, burning, puffy eyes. When your allergies affect your eyes, it's known as allergic conjunctivitis or ocular allergies. The most common symptoms of ocular allergies are watery, itchy, bloodshot eyes, as well as swollen eyelids. Eye allergies are extremely common and will strike most patients with seasonal allergies eventually. Our eye care professionals in Tuscaloosa, AL provide multiple eye allergy treatments to reduce your irritation. Reach out to the caring team at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa to arrange a consultation.

How Are Eye Allergies Treated?

Though eye allergies are mostly nothing to worry about, their symptoms often match those of other more serious conditions. Your doctor will perform a complete eye evaluation to rule out any other eye conditions before diagnosing you with allergies. Our team will also review any past conditions, along with your existing symptoms, in order to determine whether a more concerning condition may be occurring. As with any allergic reaction, the most effective way to prevent eye allergies is to stay away from the allergen, though that is usually not easy. Patients who wear contacts can sometimes get some allergy relief by switching to disposable daily contacts because airborne allergens often build up on longer-wear lenses. Also, over-the-counter or prescription eye drops may be recommended to offer allergy relief.

Eye Allergies FAQ

What are the most common eye allergy triggers?

Eye allergies, or conjunctivitis, can be triggered by a wide variety of causes or combination of causes, including:

  • Plant pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Smoke
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Soaps, detergents, and cosmetics
  • Some medications
  • Cologne or perfume

When should I see a doctor for my eye allergies?

If you've tried over-the-counter medications, eye drops, and at-home treatments without any relief, it may be recommended to schedule an exam at inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa. It is especially recommended if your eye allergies are significantly affecting your vision or causing you pain and irritation.

How can I treat eye allergies at home?

Here are a few things you can try at home to reduce symptoms of eye allergies:

  • Avoid allergens
  • Apply a warm or cold compress
  • Keep your eyes clean
  • Refrain from rubbing the eyes
  • Use artificial tears
  • Switch from contact lenses to your glasses for a while
  • Take OTC antihistamine or allergy medications (always consult a doctor)

Receive Eye Allergy Relief

Typically, eye allergies are uncomfortable and frustrating, but fortunately, several treatment options are available. Our Tuscaloosa, AL ophthalmology practice works with patients on an individualized basis to provide the most effective solution for their unique needs. If you think you may have ocular allergies, call inVision Ophthalmology Tuscaloosa to schedule your eye exam.

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