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Eye Allergies in Houston, TX

Allergic conjunctivitis, or eye allergies, can be more than just annoying; they can be painful and debilitating. Allergens are everywhere and it doesn’t take much for them to cause irritation leading to itchy, watery eyes. Located in Houston and serving Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas, Eye Excellence treats eye allergies.

We offer Allergy Testing!

We test for 60 Ocular allergens specific to Houston area.

 

What Are Eye Allergies?

Eye allergies are a condition that affects millions of Americans. Simply put, eye allergies occur when the eyes react to something that irritates them. Those irritants are known as allergens and when your eyes come into contact with an allergen that appears to be a threat, the body’s immune system causes the eyes to produce a chemical called histamine. It is that histamine that makes the eyes red, itchy and watery.

Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Those who suffer from eye allergies can experience any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Tearing
  • Burning
  • Swelling of the inner eyelids
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A scratchy feeling
  • A sensation of something in the eye

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Eye allergies are normally caused by the same allergens that cause your seasonal allergies that leave your nose stuffy, itchy and runny. The most popular airborne allergens that affect eyes are pollen, dust, mold and pet dander. You may also suffer from eye allergies due to reactions from certain makeup or eye drops. Cigarette smoke and perfume may also irritate the eyes although they are not considered allergens.

If I Have Allergies, Do I Have Eye Allergies?

Most people who suffer from seasonal or just common everyday allergies usually experience some degree of eye allergies.

What Treatment Is Available for Eye Allergies?

Prevention is the best form of treatment for eye allergies. Although not always easy, you should try to avoid exposure to common allergens that affect you. Simple things, such as changing your air filter regularly and wearing wraparound sunglasses when you go outside can help eliminate allergen triggers. Over-the-counter eye drops and oral antihistamines can help treat symptoms. Be aware that in some cases, antihistamines may actually make your symptoms worse. If you suffer from severe eye allergies prescription medication or allergy shots may be necessary.

Allergic conjunctivitis should not be mistaken for bacterial or viral conjunctivitis caused by an infection. Both have similar symptoms, but usually, when you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis both eyes are affected, whereas with conjunctivitis induced by an infection, normally just one eye is irritated.

If you suffer from eye allergies, there is relief. And if you are unsure as to whether your eyes are irritated from allergies or an infection, it is important that you schedule an appointment with board-certified ophthalmologist Mary T. Green, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. at Eye Excellence to rule out anything serious. Eye Excellence is located in Houston and serves the residents of Missouri City and the surrounding areas of Texas.