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Eye Allergies

Eye Allergy Diagnosis & Treatment with Our Trenton, Brighton, and Belleville Optometrists

Eye allergies themselves aren't usually vision-threatening, however, if left untreated they can lead to infections or eye damage—especially if you rub or itch your eyes! Eye allergies can present like other conditions, so it's important to meet with an eye doctor to rule out more serious issues. At Dr. Bruce Coward & Associates, our optometrists in Trenton, Brighton, and Belleville can help our eye allergy patients find individualized and sustainable relief. 

woman suffering from eye allergies

Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Eye allergy symptoms vary in type, duration, and intensity. Some common ones include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dry, itchy, red, painful, swollen, and/or irritated eyes
  • Watery discharge that may leave a crusty residue overnight
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • The feeling of grittiness in the eye
  • Achy, sore, and tired eyes

Common Causes & Triggers of Eye Allergies

An eye allergy develops because a person's immune system overreacts to the presence of some usually non-noxious (non-harmful) substance. Why does this happen? Genetics, lifestyle, environment, and a person's overall health can all play a role.

Allergies can develop over time or be present from a very young age. They may occur seasonally (at only certain times of the year) or perennially (all throughout the year). The following substances are a few of the most common triggers of eye allergies:

  • Weather and climate (e.g., extreme cold dry air, wind)
  • Smoke
  • Make-up and perfume
  • Chlorine and other chemicals
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Food
  • Feathers

How Our Optometrists Help Manage Eye Allergies

It's not enough to "just" treat the symptoms of an eye allergy. Understanding the root cause of your allergy is important so we can help you achieve long-term relief. Once we've identified that your symptoms are indeed caused by an allergic response, and then identify what your particular allergen is, we can then prescribe appropriate treatment. This may include:

  • Medicated eye drops (and/or oral medications) to soothe inflammation and control the immune response
  • Patient education to help you learn how to avoid or eliminate known allergens in your home and environment, as well as how to safely soothe symptom (e.g., cool compresses)
  • Prescription glasses and/or hard-to-fit contact lenses to accommodate vision correction needs as well as your eye allergy

Contact our Optometrists in Trenton, Brighton, or Belleville for Dry Eye Relief

Contact Dr. Bruce Coward & Associates now to get individualized help managing your dry eye symptoms. Reach us at 613-968-6560 for our Belleville optometry office, 613-392-1862 for our Trenton optometry office, and 613-475-3900 for our Brighton optometry office.