Allergies Specialist

Antelope Valley Optometric Center

Optometrists located in Lancaster, CA

Allergies can have a sizeable impact on a person's quality of life, from runny nose to watery, red, and itchy eyes. While many allergic eye symptoms are easy to treat, they do not always respond to the allergy treatments that clear up nasal problems. The team at Antelope Valley Optometric Center in Lancaster, California, has over three decades of experience providing effective treatment for eye allergy symptoms that allow their patients to see clearly and feel better again. For relief from debilitating allergy symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?

The signs and symptoms of an eye allergy are usually readily apparent and may include:

  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sticky eye discharge
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Swelling around the eyes
  • Crust on eyelids or eyelashes when waking up

It is also possible to have several of these symptoms at once when suffering from allergies.

What causes eye allergies?

There are many different potential eye allergy irritants, but the most common ones are either airborne or caused by chemicals and include:

  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Cosmetics
  • Perfumes
  • Face cream

Though not common, it is also possible for food allergies to trigger eye problems.

What home-care measures can help with eye allergies?

For eye allergy relief, schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Antelope Valley Optometric Center as soon as possible. Before the appointment, however, there are steps to take that can help provide symptom relief.

First, if applicable remove any contact lenses and wear eyeglasses instead. Contact lenses can further agitate eyes affected by allergies and make the symptoms worse. Resist rubbing the eyes, even if they itch badly. Instead, use a cool compress over the eyes to relieve itching.

It may also help to start considering possible allergy triggers to discuss with the optometrist. Try to remember the circumstances, including any possible triggers, that may be contributing to allergy symptoms.

How are eye allergies treated?

The optometrists at Antelope Valley Optometric Center perform an eye exam and discusses the patient’s health history with them. In many cases, this can help identify allergy triggers to avoid in the future.

Sometimes, however, it is not possible to avoid allergy triggers and in these cases additional help is necessary. The optometrist may recommend over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. Eye drops can contain antihistamines, decongestants, or mast cell stabilizers to lessen allergic reactions, or corticosteroids to relieve swelling, inflammation, and other severe symptoms.

The team at Antelope Valley Optometric Center also provides advice on how to avoid or minimize allergic reactions. This may include using an air purifier at home, wearing wrap-around sunglasses when outdoors, and not wearing contact lenses when eyes are irritated.

Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for lasting relief from eye allergy symptoms.