Eye Allergy Treatment – Austin, TX
Allergies in ATX
Allergies in Austin happen all year round. We have the typical spring pollen, grass in the summer, and ragweed in the fall. However, nothing affects Austinites quite like the cedar we see between December-February. During this time of year, the Ashe juniper trees produce the pollen from hell that can make breathing an impossible task. It can even cause flu-like symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, and body aches.
Most people often look for quick remedies for sneezing, sniffling, and nasal congestion. But often times, eye allergies get ignored…
Eye Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms of eye allergies include red, itchy, watery, burning eyes and even swollen eyelids. Though the symptoms can be quite annoying, they pose little threat to eyesight other than temporary blurriness.
Eye allergies are caused by an error in the body’s immune system – when your eye comes into contact with something (an allergen like pollen) that, while actually harmless, appears as a threat. In an effort to fight off the threat, the immune system makes antibodies that cause your eyes to release histamine and other substances. That, in turn, causes your red, itchy, and watery eyes.
Eye Allergy Relief
Cool compresses can decrease swelling and itching. If you’re looking for an over-the-counter allergy drop, at L+S, we recommend Zaditor. Stay away from “get out the red” drops like Visine or Clear Eyes that don’t actually have anti-histamine properties –these can actually be harmful for your eyes. In some cases, a prescription strength eye drop may be needed.
Red and itchy eyes can also be caused by infections and other conditions such as dry eye. In fact, many patients suffer from both eye allergies and dry eyes. If this is the case, seek a professional Austin optometrist to help you diagnose the problem.
Don’t hesitate to stop by Look + See Vision Care if your uncomfortable eye symptoms do not improve with over-the-counter remedies. At L+S, we can help find the cause and formulate the best eye treatment plan with you. Come see us if you’re experiencing any of these eye discomforts!