Allergies can be more than a nuisance to allergy suffers. For some, allergies can be painful and cause serious eye irritation. Are your allergies causing dry, itchy, puffy or red eyes? You are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, including eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis.
Symptoms of eye allergies include redness in the whites of the eye or inner eyelid, itchy or burning eyes, tearing, blurred vision, swelling of the eyelid and sensitivity to light. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, they are likely caused by an allergic reaction, though only your doctor can tell you if your eye irritation is caused by allergies.
Eye allergy symptoms can be caused by a number of allergens or triggers, including: pollen from grass, trees or weeds; pet dander; dust; and mold. If you suspect you may suffer from an allergy to one or more of the above allergens, contact your doctor for allergy testing.
Are eye allergies making you miserable or affecting your daily activities? Your doctor may recommend these tips to help relieve symptoms:
While there is little to be done to cure allergies, you can get out of your contact lenses with LASIK eye surgery. Vision correction surgery will help alleviate any discomfort you may feel from your contact lenses coupled with eye allergies. Would you like permanent relief from the additional irritation contacts have on your eyes during allergy season? Contact Key-Whitman for a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery. Ask us questions on our Key-Whitman Facebook Page.