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Eye Allergies

Treatment for Eye Allergies at Lakeside Eye Associates in Huntersville, NC

Our world is full of amazing things to experience -- unfortunately, however, not all of those experiences are totally positive. The same scents, plants, foods, and other stimuli that enhance our lives can also cause problems in the form of eye allergies. But if you've been struggling to cope with a variety of annoying symptoms, you'll be relieved to known that you've come to the right optometry center for help. Lakeside Eye Associates is ready to solve your eye allergy issues in Huntersville NC.

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How Allergies Affect Your Eyes

Allergies occur when a normally protective function in your body goes badly wrong. Your immune system safeguards you from harmful viruses and bacteria by launching antibodies against them, with histamine and other chemicals being produced as a part of the process. But the immune system can also make mistakes, flooding the body with histamine even when the "attacker" in question is a perfectly harmless substance. When this reaction involves the eyes, it may cause symptoms such as eye-watering, redness, itching, puffy eyelids, and blurred vision. This collection of symptoms is known as allergic conjunctivitis, and it can strongly resemble the "pink eye" caused by a viral infection.

Eyes can be vulnerable to a variety of allergens, especially airborne ones such as tobacco smoke, perfume, aftershave, industrial pollutants, and dust or dander kicked up into the air. If you're allergic to cosmetics, contact lens cleaning products, or the protein debris that likes to get stuck to soft contacts, your contact lens usage could be causing or greatly aggravating your symptoms. If your wear eye makeup, something in those products could be setting off your eye allergies.

Symptom Relief at Our Optometry Center

The first step in eye allergy treatment is understanding the source of the irritation. Our optometry center can test you for various allergy triggers while asking you about your daily environment, seasonal reactions, contact lens wear, and cosmetics usage. Once we recognize the underlying trigger, we may be able to recommend smart strategies for avoiding it. For instance, you might need to wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen away, switch to a different type of contact lenses, change your contact lens cleaner, or try different eyeliner. We can also prescribe topical or oral medications to ease your symptoms.

Suffering From Eye Allergies? Call Our Huntersville Clinic for Help

If eye allergies have been getting the best of you, it's time you turned the tables on them. Call our Huntersville optometry clinic at  704-810-1017 to schedule an evaluation so we can put on the path toward clearer, more comfortable vision!

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