Eye Allergies

man with eye allergies

At Eyes on Henry, our team has worked with thousands of men, women, and children suffering from eye allergies. We know how important healthy eyes are to your life, and we want you to know our experienced team is here to help.

5 Common Eye Allergy Symptoms

Are you noticing any of the following issues with your vision? They could be eye allergy symptoms: 

  1. Eye itchiness
  2. Eye redness
  3. Burning and discomfort in the eye
  4. Clear watery discharge from the eyes (which may dry overnight and form a crusty residue on your eyelids and eyelashes)
  5. Blurry vision

You may also experience additional symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, a sore throat, and a runny nose. 

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Understanding the root cause of your eye allergies is key to finding an effective solution. The most common allergens (substances which cause an allergic reaction in your body) include:

  • Seasonal outdoor allergens, i.e., pollen 
  • Indoor allergens, e.g., dust, pet dander, and mold
  • Environmental and chemical irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume, household cleaners, eye makeup, medication, and car exhaust

Like other types of allergies, a person can grow into or develop an eye allergy over time, although this shouldn't be considered a "normal" part of aging, and often occurs alongside other chronic health conditions such as an autoimmune disease. This explains why some people experience eye allergy symptoms without ever having had them before. On the other hand, people may be born with certain genetic predispositions for eye allergies. 

How our Spartanburg Optometry Team Treats & Manages Eye Allergies

When our Spartanburg optometry team consults with someone suffering from eye allergy symptoms, the first thing we do is complete a thorough eye examination and run a variety of tests which can help us determine the allergy trigger. This allows us to determine your unique triggers and subsequently address the underlying factors as well as treat or manage your symptoms. 

Based on the results of our examination, we can then provide a variety of individualized treatments, which may include:

  • Antihistamine eye drops, to reduce inflammation and control the allergic response 
  • Lifestyle counseling, to help you avoid or minimize contact with a known allergen (this may include cleaning your house more frequently, changing or wearing less makeup, and keeping windows closed on days with a high pollen count)
  • Prescription eyeglasses, which you may tolerate better than contact lenses when your eye allergy symptoms flare up

Schedule an Appointment with Eyes on Henry

Do you believe you're suffering from eye allergy symptoms? Contact Eyes on Henry today to consult with a Spartanburg optometrist. To schedule an appointment or to learn about our comprehensive vision and eye care services, call 864-585-0208.


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