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Q & A on Eye Allergies

Q: What are the common symptoms of eye allergies?

The most common symptoms of eye allergies are itching, redness and watery eyes. Typically allergies affect both eyes equally so if you are experiencing symptoms in only one eye it is likely something potentially more serious than allergies that you should alert your eye doctor to immediately.

Q: What causes eye allergies?

Many allergens (substances that can evoke an allergic response) are in the air, where they come in contact with your eyes and nose. Airborne allergens include pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Other causes of allergies, such as certain foods or bee stings, do not typically affect the eyes the way airborne allergens do. Adverse reactions to certain cosmetics or prescription drugs such as also may cause the eyes to have an allergic reaction.

Q: What are the treatment options available for eye allergies?

Your eye doctor will evaluate your eyes to insure that allergies are the cause of your symptoms. When allergies are identified, typically eye drops will be prescribed to help manage the allergy. Many eye drops only have to be taken one to two times per day, making it simple to fit into your daily routine.

Q: How can eye allergies impact my use of contact lenses?

Allergies can make it difficult to wear contact lenses comfortably. If you are struggling with contact lens discomfort during allergy season, your doctor is likely to recommend that you try a daily disposable contact lens. Daily disposables are lenses you only wear once and discard at the end of the day. By using a clean, fresh contact lens everyday it minimizes the amount of allergen that can accumulate on the surface of the contact lens and irritate your eyes.

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