Around 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, which can blur your vision and make your eyes red, itchy, and watery. Dr. Diana Ngo offers full allergy treatment services at her practice, Ella Eyes, helping her patients in Houston find long-lasting relief. If your eyes fall victim to allergies each year, call or use the online booking tool for help.
Allergies Q & A
What are eye allergies?
With allergies, your immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as dangerous and kicks in to fight it off. With eye allergies, this response leaves you with eyes that are:
These symptoms, if strong enough, can have a far-reaching impact on your ability to see correctly, and they can also lead to damage if you’re always rubbing your eyes.
What causes eye allergies?
While medical researchers don’t know what causes your body to identify a substance as hostile, they do know which materials can trigger this response. In the case of eye allergies, the most common culprits are:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Environmental irritants, such as smoke or chemical fumes
How are eye allergies treated?
To help you battle your eye allergies, Dr. Ngo and Ella Eyes turn to several effective treatments, including:
- Eye drops that contain antihistamines, steroids, decongestants, or anti-inflammatories
- Artificial tears, or doctor’s recommend anti-inflammatory methods
- Oral medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants
- Allergy shots — also called immunotherapy
As crucial as these medications are, Dr. Ngo also works with you to control your triggers and environment. For example, a good home air filtration system does wonders for offsetting eye allergies. Also, trying to stay indoors during allergy season can have a significant impact.
When you do need to go outdoors, a pair of sunglasses can also help protect your eyes from irritants in the air, such as pollen.
By taking a comprehensive approach to your eye allergies, Dr. Ngo helps you tackle the problem from every angle available, helping you see more clearly and avoid the annoying irritation that comes during allergy season.