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A Word on Eye Allergies

Eye allergies? Get relief

Eye Allergy Symptoms

When we think of having allergies we often think of symptoms like sneezing, sniffling, and nasal congestion. But allergies can have a profound effect on your eyes, too. Red, itchy, burning, and watery eyes, as well as swollen eyelids are just a few of the symptoms. The good news is that the same treatments and self-help strategies that address nasal allergy symptoms work for eye allergies, too.

You may hear your optometrist refer to your eye allergies as ocular allergies or allergic conjunctivitis. Eye allergies affect one in every five Americans. Fortunately, while the symptoms they cause can be annoying, they pose little threat to your eyesight other than temporary blurriness. On the other hand, red, itchy, burning, and puffy eyes can be caused also by infections and other conditions that do threaten eyesight. So, it's smart to see your optometrist, if eye symptoms don't get better with basic self-help strategies or over-the-counter allergy medicines.

Causes of Eye Allergies

Eye allergies are caused by a glitch in the body’s immune system. Your trouble begins when the conjunctiva (the mucous membrane that lines the eyelids and covers the whites of the eyes) comes into contact with something that, while actually harmless, is perceived by your body as a threat. Your immune system responds to this threat by making antibodies that cause your eyes to release histamine and other substances. That, in turn, makes eyes red, itchy, and watery. Eye allergy symptoms can happen alone or along with nasal allergy symptoms.

Eye allergies are easily solved and with a little help pass quickly. If you have questions about your eye allergy symptoms, please contact City Optometry. If your allergies are persistent and not going away, please stop by our office for an appointment.

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