Eye allergies can cause uncomfortable symptoms like itching or swelling and affect your vision. At Eye Site in Katy and Memorial, TX, we provide comprehensive eye exams to learn more about your condition and treatment to help you see more clearly. Before visiting us, take a look at some frequently asked questions regarding eye allergies below:
What are eye allergies and how do they happen?
The human body works hard to fight off germs and other harmful items. When you’re exposed to these items, your body tries to fight them off by releasing histamine and antibodies. This natural protection can cause irritation and swollen, red, or itchy eyes.
What causes eye allergies?
Eye allergies can develop due to a variety of causes. Some of these causes include:
- Indoor allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mold
- Outdoor allergens, such as pollen
- Certain irritants, such as perfume or smoke
How can I prevent eye allergies?
The most important step is to identify what is causing your symptoms and avoid these allergens. If you’re not sure what is causing your discomfort, we recommend visiting our optometrists. It’s also important to wear eye glasses or sunglasses when you’re outside. Along with that, keep your windows closed and stay indoors when the pollen count is high and vacuum regularly if you have pets.
If you wear contacts, it’s important to understand that they can worsen your allergies, as contaminants can build up on the lenses and irritate your eyes. Consider wearing glasses instead or speaking with our optometrists about disposable lenses.
How can an optometrist help?
When you visit us, we will perform an eye exam for a proper diagnosis and help identify the root cause of your allergies. Afterward, we can recommend a treatment for your specific needs. Our optometrists may suggest to avoid certain allergens and use artificial tears for relief. We might also prescribe eye drops and medications to help you feel better.
Contact us for an Appointment Today
If you are experiencing discomfort due to eye allergies, our team at Eye Site in Katy and Memorial, TX, can help. To learn more about our treatments or to schedule an appointment, call our Katy location at (281) 644-2010 or our Memorial office at (713) 984-9144 today. When you’re seeking an optometrist near me, we are happy to assist!