Eye allergies can range from bothersome to debilitating, but expert adult and pediatric allergy and immunology specialists Peter Benincasa, MD, and Richard E. Luka, MD, can help. They offer individualized treatment for eye allergies at Consultants in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology in Clark, Clifton, and Garfield, New Jersey. If you suffer from eye allergies, call or book an appointment online today.
Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis or ocular allergies, occur when something you’re allergic to irritates the delicate membrane that protects your eye. This membrane is called the conjunctiva, which you may be familiar with from conjunctivitis, or pink eye (a viral illness).
Although eye allergies cause many of the same symptoms as pink eye, allergic conjunctivitis isn’t contagious and typically doesn’t cause problems with eyesight. The redness, swelling, and itching associated with eye allergies result from your body’s immune response to an allergen.
Seasonal allergies, caused by allergens such as pollen and mold spores, are the most common causes of allergic conjunctivitis. Pet dander, dust mites, and other types of indoor allergens can cause year-round eye allergies.
Other triggers for eye symptoms include airborne irritants such as smoke, perfume, and exhaust from trucks.
Symptoms of eye allergies can be annoying and interfere with your day, but they usually don’t threaten your vision. Common symptoms of eye allergies include:
Eye allergy symptoms can also occur with nasal symptoms such as a stuffy or a runny nose. Symptoms from seasonal outdoor allergies tend to be more severe than indoor allergies.
First, your doctor will examine your eyes and thoroughly review your medical history. If they suspect you have eye allergies, they may perform an allergy test, such as:
Once they discover the cause of your eye allergies, your doctor will create a personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:
Drs. Benincasa and Luka strive to offer drug-free allergy treatment plans that focus on avoidance and immunotherapy whenever possible.
If you have symptoms of eye allergies, it’s important to seek medical attention to rule out the possibility of infection. Don’t hesitate to call Consultants in Asthma, Allergy & Immunology or book an appointment online.