When most people think of allergies they tend to think of the sneezing or headaches that most allergy patients experience. The truth is that there are many symptoms associated with allergies, including eye irritation. This symptom can be just mildly annoying, or it can greatly affect your vision and quality of life.
Fortunately, there are things that can be done if you are suffering from allergies that are affecting your eyes. We at The Center for Eye Care & Optical in West Islip, NY, know a lot about eye irritation from allergies. If you schedule an eye exam with us, these are some of the things that an optometrist on our team might recommend for you.
Oral medication: There are several different brands of prescription pills on the market that can be used to treat allergies. Each one can affect the body differently, however, so don't be surprised if you must try several different brands before finding the one that works best for you.
Dry eye treatments: Typically, the biggest complaint that most allergy suffers have with their eyes is that they are either too dry or too runny. Dry eyes are usually treated with eye drops, but an eye doctor on our team can help you to determine the best time of day to take the drops so that symptoms don't start. If the drops don't work, the eye doctor will then talk to you about potential treatment options such as surgery to open the tear ducts or laser therapies.
Home remedies: There are a few home treatments that have been shown to help allergy sufferers. An eye doctor on our team can talk to you about using warm washcloths to eliminate allergy causing substances from around the eyes, as well as other things you can do to reduce symptoms.
If you live in the West Islip, NY, area and you're suffering from allergies or dry eyes, give our ophthalmology office a call at (631) 422-1110 The Center for Eye Care & Optical. We can help you to treat your allergies and start a dry eye treatment that will help alleviate your symptoms.
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