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Understanding Eye Allergies

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Allergies can be more than a nuisance to allergy suffers. For some, allergies
can be painful and cause serious eye irritation. Are your allergies causing
dry, itchy, puffy orred eyes? You are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from allergies, including
eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis.

Symptoms of eye allergies include redness in the whites of the eye or inner
eyelid, itchy or burning eyes, tearing, blurred vision, swelling of the
eyelid and sensitivity to light. If you are experiencing any of these
symptoms, they are likely caused by an allergic reaction, though only
your doctor can tell you if your eye irritation is caused by allergies.

Eye allergy symptoms can be caused by a number of allergens or triggers,
including: pollen from grass, trees or weeds; pet dander; dust; and mold.
If you suspect you may suffer from an allergy to one or more of the above
allergens, contact your doctor for allergy testing.

Are eye allergies making you miserable or affecting your daily activities?
Your doctor may recommend these tips to help relieve symptoms:

  • Apply a cold compress to puffy or swollen eyes for temporary relief.
  • If you wear contact lenses, change your lenses regularly.
  • Do not share contact lenses or cases with others.
  • Do not rub or touch your eyes, even when they itch. Doing so may cause
    the release of more of the chemicals from allergens that caused eye irritation
    in the first place. Instead, try over-the-counter eye drops or prescription
    drops if necessary to help with burning and itching. Artificial tear drops
    may help wash out allergens that are irritating.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Change your sheets and pillowcases frequently, as allergens will stick
    to bedding.
  • Keep the windows in your home closed to reduce pollen and other allergens
    in your home.
  • When pollen counts are high, stay indoors.
  • Wash your hair regularly if you spend very much time outside (especially women)
  • If your eyes are irritated from allergies, avoid wearing eye makeup until
    the symptoms have cleared.

While there is little to be done to cure allergies, you can get out of
your contact lenses with
LASIK eye surgery. Vision correction surgery will help alleviate any discomfort you may
feel from your contact lenses coupled with eye allergies. Would you like
permanent relief from the additional irritation contacts have on your
eyes during allergy season?Contact Key-Whitman for a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for LASIK vision correction surgery.
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