Eye allergies are a common complaint. Many allergens – including dust, pollen, mold and pet dander are airborne, and can irritate the eyes when the allergens come into contact with them. Other common allergens, like certain foods and bee stings, commonly do not affect the eye the way airborne allergens do. Contact lens wearers also frequently note that allergens can make their contacts uncomfortable, either by attaching themselves to the lens or by producing more substances in tears which bind to the contact lens.
If you suffer from seasonal eye allergies, consult our office. While avoidance of the allergen in question is usually the best treatment – such as lifestyle changes or wrap-around sunglasses - many different types of medical treatments for eye allergies are also available by prescription. Be sure to see an eye care professional for prescription information if you experience unusual eye pain, tearing, itching or swelling.
You may be prescribed eye drops to treat certain eye conditions, infections or diseases. Before you use any eye drops, be sure to tell the prescribing office about any other prescription or non-prescription medications that you are taking or any allergies that you have.
Always wash your hands before applying eye medication. Open the bottle or tube, being careful that its tip does not touch anything. Pull your lower eyelid down with the tip of your finger and look up or into a mirror. Squeeze one drop or a quarter-inch ribbon of ointment into the bottom lid, trying not to touch your eyelid with the tip of the bottle or tube. Close your eye gently to allow the medication to absorb.