Eye Allergy Treatment With Our Okmulgee and South Tulsa Optometry Team At The Eye Center
Eye allergies can be extremely uncomfortable. Instead of taking a "wait and see" approach, we advise that you consult with our Okmulgee and South Tulsa optometry team as soon as you can if you believe you or a loved one has eye allergy symptoms. The earlier a diagnosis can be made, the earlier treatment and symptom relief can begin!
Causes & Symptoms of Eye Allergies
Allergies happen when our immune systems mistakenly identify foreign substances (usually innocuous and non-harmful) as threats. This triggers a classic inflammatory immune response, which includes the release of various protective cells and molecular compounds (including histamine) within the body.
When an allergy happens in the eye, very uncomfortable symptoms can develop, including:
- Increased watery discharge
- Redness, itchiness, and irritation in the eye
- Swelling around the eyes
- Blurry vision
These may be accompanied by respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, itchy throat, and a runny nose.
The environment and genetics influence who gets eye allergies. Common triggers include medications, smoke, dust, pet dander, pollen, fungus, mold, household chemicals, contact lens solution, make-up, and other cosmetic products.
How an Optometrist in Okmulgee or South Tulsa Can Manage Your Eye Allergies
While eye allergies are rarely serious, they can be quite debilitating and make it hard to work and function in your daily life. Plus, if you rub or itch your eyes, you may end up causing infections, corneal scratches, and other issues. This is why we recommend consulting with an optometrist in Okmulgee or South Tulsa if you notice any of the above symptoms. We can help you in a few ways:
- First, we'll use diagnostic lab work, a comprehensive eye exam, vision testing, and personal/family history assessment to determine what's causing your allergy symptoms.
- Based on this information, we'll devise an individualized treatment program for you. This may include: medicated eye drops to soothe irritation and inflammation, lifestyle recommendations to remove or avoid known environmental allergens, and updates and modifications to your vision correction eyewear (you may need hard-to-fit contact lenses, for instance, or eyeglasses, which are usually more comfortable for people with irritated eyes).
- We can also offer tips for symptom management at home (e.g., humidifiers, cool or warm compresses, hand hygiene).
Living With Eye Allergies in Oklahoma? Contact The Eye Center Today
We have two convenient locations and a flexible schedule to make it easy to come in and see us for care. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with an optometrist near you. Contact The Eye Center Today!