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Allergies Affect Our Eyes in Many Ways. Here’s What To Do

May 30, 2022

Allergies, either seasonal or year-round, can wreak havoc with our daily lives. Allergic reactions commonly affect the skin, sinuses, nasal passages, throat, and digestive system. They also affect our eyes, triggering everything from occasional redness and itching to chronic inflammation. That’s another good reason for scheduling a comprehensive eye exam with our doctor of optometry at Vision Quest. Our exams use the latest technology to stay out in front of any conditions that may affect your vision. After all, there are few things more precious than our eyes!

Our eyes are sensitive to many environmental factors, including mold spores, pollen, dust mites and pet dander. Although there are numerous over-the-counter medications, it is often best to consult an expert like our doctor of optometry instead of taking a trial-and-error approach. We have addressed allergy and sensitivity conditions among patients of different ages, and the importance of a proper diagnosis cannot be overstated.

Allergies affecting the eyes, known as ocular allergies or ocular conjunctivitis, are quite common, whether cropping up seasonally due to environmental factors, or year-round associated with reactions to contact lenses. These conditions are accompanied by swelling, redness and itching that can range from simply annoying to more serious threats to vision and quality of life. Symptoms of these allergies can sometimes mimic those of other conditions such as dry eye or blepharitis (an inflammation of the eyelids). Symptoms that don’t quickly subside should be brought to the attention of a doctor of optometry. 

Our doctor of optometry at Vision Quest can recommend a variety of treatments to prevent or ease your discomfort and protect your vision, whether your symptoms arrive seasonally or perennially. Our comprehensive examination is the best primary step you can take in safeguarding your precious vision. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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