Eye Allergy Care at Chico Vision Optometry
It can be difficult to function in daily life if you are struggling with eye-related allergies. That's why it's important to visit a professional optometrist. Our eye care specialists at Chico Vision Care Optometry in Chico provide the tests and treatment options you need for optimal eye allergy relief. We will work with you to understand what triggers your allergies to avoid them in the future.
Eye Allergy Symptoms
Common symptoms of eye allergies often include:
- Watery discharge from the eyes
- Redness, swelling, and puffiness around the eyes
- Itchy and dry eyes
- Heightened sensitivity to glare and bright lights
- Reduced tolerance for contact lens usage
- Additional symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy throat
Symptoms of eye allergies can get worse or better depending on several factors, including time of year, daily changes in weather or pollen count, and other environmental factors. Seasonal allergens that irritate your nose often have the same effect on your eyes. We often patients suffering from a combination of eye irritation and nasal congestion.
Causes of Eye Allergies
Allergies can happen when your immune system overreacts to a substance in your environment that usually isn't harmful. Substances that trigger an allergic reaction are called allergens. Some of the most common allergens include:
- Pet dander
- Household chemicals
- Perfume and cosmetics
- Contact lens solutions
How Our Chico Optometry Team Can Help
Untreated eye allergies can severely disrupt your ability to drive and work and lead to complications like corneal scratches or infections). It's also important to know that other conditions can cause similar symptoms.
The only way to know for sure why you're experiencing an allergic reaction is to schedule an eye exam at our Chico clinic. Our optometrists use various tests to diagnose your condition and can implement a personalized eye care plan, which may include:
- Prescription medications (oral or eye drop) to reduce inflammation and control the allergic response
- Lifestyle modifications, e.g., avoidance of known triggers
- Updated corrective eyewear, including prescription sunglasses for clearer vision in bright light
Artificial tears provide temporary relief for dry, itchy eyes. Along with providing moisture, the drops will flush allergens out of your eyes. Corticosteroids are prescribed for chronic eye allergies, but make sure to consult our eye care team to ensure they are used properly. We may also recommend discontinuing the use of your contact lenses until your eye allergies clear up.
Visit Us for Quality Eye Care in Chico, CA
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Edward Lim or Dr. Obie Penningtonm, contact Chico Vision Care Optometry at (530) 342-9644.