Get Relief From Your Eye Allergies at Eye Site in Katy & Houston, TX
Eye allergies can afflict people throughout the year. At Eye Site (with two convenient locations in Katy & Houston TX), our optometry team works tirelessly to help people get to the bottom of their symptoms so they can achieve effective and sustainable relief.
What's Triggering Your Eye Allergies?
An allergy happens when your immune system goes overboard by creating antibodies to "attack" external substances which are normally not harmful. While it's not always clear what causes this to happen, genetics and environment are likely involved. The most common substances (called allergens) which cause eye allergies include pollen, dust, mold, pet hair/dander, smoke, cosmetics, contact lens solution, pollution, and medications. Eye allergies can develop at any age, and certainly may be worse at certain times of the year .
Common Symptoms of Eye Allergies
If your eyes are blurry, dry, itchy, red, feel "gritty," have clear watery discharge that tends to leave crusty residue behind, or if your eyes feel extra sensitive to bright lights, you may be suffering with eye allergies.
Usually, eye allergy symptoms occur with other classic signs of nasal congestion and allergy, including a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and sneezing. If these symptoms aren't present, it's possible that another condition is causing your uncomfortable eye symptoms. This is why it's so important to consult with an optometrist in Katy & Houston if your eyes are bugging you—we can help you determine the underlying cause so your symptom relief is more effective!
How an Optometrist in Katy & Houston Can Treat & Manage Your Eye Allergies
The most important thing you can do if you believe you have eye allergy symptoms is to come in and see one of our doctors of optometry in Katy & Houston. We'll run lab tests on samples from your eyes, ask questions about your history, and check your vision and internal/external eye anatomy to help us determine what's causing your eye allergies. Once we know the cause, we can more appropriately treat. Common methods for managing eye allergies include:
- Switching from contacts to eye glasses (especially during problematic seasons of the year)
- Patient education on symptom management (e.g., cool compresses, removal/avoidance of known allergens)
- Eye drops with antihistamines or anti-inflammatory medications to soothe symptoms and restore eye moisture