Allergies at Midwest Eye Associates
Allergies can occur at any time, but during the spring time, seasonal allergies increase the number and severity of sufferers. Allergic reactions occur when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. They result in an inflammatory response which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. Mild allergies like hay fever, mold, pollen and pet dander are very common and generally cause symptoms such as red eyes, itchiness, runny nose, eczema, hives or asthma. Eye allergy or ocular allergy simply refers to a situation whereby an allergy affects the eye tissue. A small portion of the population is also allergic to some contact lens solutions, reducing comfort, vision and overall wear time.
Regardless of the cause, rubbing your irritated eyes is likely to make the reaction worse, and can introduce germs into the already hyper-sensitive eye tissue. If you believe you are suffering from any form of allergies and it is affecting your vision or eye health, please contact us and visit one of our 5 convenient locations for a consultation about eye allergies.
At Midwest Eye Associates, our optometrists are experts at handling ocular allergies. Our eye care Practice has been treating eye allergies in St. Louis and St. Charles for over 40 years. While allergies can occur at any time of year, we see many more allergic eyes during certain seasons, like spring and fall. There are treatments for eye allergies available from your eye doctor.
Allergy treatment options include eye drops for allergies and oral medications. These can help reduce symptoms of allergies, like red eyes, swelling and itchiness. Sometimes, anti-histamines, found in many allergy medicines, can have a drying affect which can cause dry eyes as a side effect. If you are taking anti allergy medication and have dry eyes, we can also provide you with lubricating eye drops to alleviate your eye irritation.
We look forward to seeing you and helping you manage your eye allergy symptoms. Visit us for an eye exam every year.