Eye allergies can make life unbearable. Depending on what you’re allergic to, it might be hard to enjoy the outdoors during certain times of year or play with your pets. While allergies might not seem like a big deal, untreated allergy symptoms or conditions misdiagnosed as allergies can damage your eye health permanently.
The key to optimum eye health is proper diagnosis, treatment and prevention of any condition. Let’s learn how to take care of your eyes if you have allergies.
Severe eye allergy symptoms can mimic more serious conditions- like an infection- so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis. Most of the time, symptoms are mild and may come and go depending on the allergen and the individual.
You may have eye allergies if you experience:
If mild symptoms persist, visit your eye doctor or allergist to get diagnosed properly. Ignoring or mistreating irritated eyes can be a waste of time, money, and most importantly, your sight!
If you experience a sudden onset of symptoms or change in your vision, Restoration Eye Care can get you a same-day appointment Monday through Thursday- call 573-441-7070. If we’re not open, and you experience sudden severe irritation or change in vision, please visit your nearest urgent care or emergency room. Some eye conditions can have detrimental effects on your sight within hours- don’t risk it by waiting it out.
When you have an eye allergy diagnosis from your eye doctor or allergist, you can start to take precautions to avoid allergens and mitigate their effect on your vision and lifestyle.
The first step is to identify your eye allergy triggers. The following are common irritants:
Take these precautions to avoid eye allergy irritation:
There is a wide array of eye allergy remedies that can make your life more manageable and enjoyable- but don’t just take your best guess on which one will work for you.
If you’ve been diagnosed by a doctor, and you experience recurring, mild symptoms, a doctor may recommend restarting a past treatment method, like OTC or prescribed medications. But if you experience new symptoms, please see a professional before pursuing any course of treatment.
You and your doctor may decide that one or more of the following options are best to alleviate your eye allergy symptoms:
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