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If you are one of the many individuals who suffer from allergies, you may develop symptoms that affect your eyes. Some allergies are seasonal, but others can affect the comfort and health of your eyes year-round. At Swan Family Optometry in Fair Oaks, CA, we can offer relief from eye discomfort caused by allergies.
Like any other allergy, eye allergy problems occur when the individual’s body overreacts to a substance in the environment, producing uncomfortable symptoms whenever exposed to these substances. Symptoms of eye allergies include itching of the eyes, tearing and watering, swelling of the eyes and sensitivity to light. Eye discomfort from allergies can also cause blurring of vision and difficulty performing normal tasks.
Although most people will not have a reaction to substances that are common in the environment, the allergic individual produce an overreaction to its presence. Pollen from grass, trees and flowing plants are common allergy triggers. Dust and mold can also cause reactions. Pet dander can cause severe eye allergy reactions. Smoke and cosmetic products may also produce symptoms.
Your eye doctor can advise you on over-the-counter medications that can help relieve the symptoms of eye allergies. We can advise you on the best ways to limit exposure to allergens, so you can experience greater eye comfort. The optometrist can also provide prescription antihistamines and steroid medications that help to reduce allergy symptoms.
Allergy experts recommend keeping your hands away from your eyes as much as possible during allergy season to avoid transferring the allergens that might accumulate from normal activities. Limit your time outdoors at these times of the years. Wear large-sized sunglasses to prevent allergens from entering the eyes. Control the humidity in your home that could increase mold growth and allergic reactions. Clean your home and bedding regularly to reduce dust. Using an air purifier can also be helpful.
Dr. Elizabeth Swan and her staff provide a full range of vision care services for her patients in Fair Oaks, CA and nearby communities. We ensure individualized care for all our patients, and eye health for all stages of life. Call Swam Family Optometry today at 916-966-6080 for an appointment to discuss your eye allergy problems and to learn about effective treatments.
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Very professional, thorough, helpful, informative and friendly. Great service. Highly recommend.