Allergies Specialist

Eye 2 Eye Vision Center

Matthew Gada, OD

Optometrist located in Williamsburg, VA

If you notice itching, burning, or irritation in your eyes, allergies may be the culprit. You might notice them arise during certain seasons or when you’re around animals. Eye 2 Eye Vision Center in Williamsburg, Virginia, offers several treatment options for allergy relief. To learn more about how allergies affect your eyes and how you can relieve your symptoms, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergies

What are allergies?

Allergies occur when your body’s immune system is sensitive and reacts harshly to something in the environment that may not affect everyone else. Your eyes contain specialized white blood cells called mast cells that release chemicals when they come in contact with allergens. The chemicals cause small blood vessels in your eyes to leak, making your eyes red and itchy.

Since many symptoms of allergies are the same as those of serious eye diseases, it’s important to visit your optometrist for a diagnosis. Fortunately, allergies are easily treatable and their symptoms are often preventable with lifestyle changes.

What can cause allergic reactions in my eyes?

Allergic reactions in your eyes are uncomfortable and have many potential causes. Since the culprit could be one of many environmental factors, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of your allergies. Common causes include:

  • Animal dander
  • Pollen
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Smoke
  • Perfume
  • Exhaust

If you can’t figure out the cause of your allergies, your optometrist may be able to help you narrow down the list of potential causes in order to best treat your symptoms.

What symptoms can occur with allergies?

There are several possible symptoms of allergies that affect your eyes. Eye allergy symptoms often include:

  • Redness
  • Itching or burning
  • Watering
  • Mucus accumulation (especially after sleep)
  • Puffiness
  • Sensation of having something stuck in your eye

Some symptoms are only specific to one or two types of allergies. Your optometrist can diagnose more serious forms of allergies and create a rigorous and specific treatment plan.

How can I find relief from allergies?

Common treatments for allergy relief include:

  • Artificial tears
  • Decongestant eye drops
  • Antihistamines
  • Allergy shots

You can also reduce and prevent symptoms by avoiding your allergy triggers: For example, if your allergic reaction is caused by smoke, you may want to stop smoking and avoid smoky areas.

If you’re concerned that your allergies are irritating your eyes, call or schedule an appointment online at Eye 2 Eye Vision Center to find relief.