Ocular itching can be very uncomfortable, red and look unsightly. Others may think you have an eye infection and be concerned that you are contagious. They may be worried about being around you. Your eyes may be watery and your vision may be blurry as well. Eye allergies can be very uncomfortable.
The most common cause of both itching of the eyes and redness is ocular allergies. Ocular allergies can be either seasonal, year round or associated with particular things you are allergic to such as an animal.
How Do I Treat Allergies In My Eyes?
It is important to have an eye examination to determine if your symptoms are from ocular allergies. If at all possible, avoiding the allergen will help tremendously. Most of the time this is not practical as many people are allergic to things wer are exposed to in our environment.
It is very helpful to treat before you are exposed to the allergen. For example, if you have spring allergies it is advised to initiate allergy drops 2 weeks or so prior to the expected allergy season.
It is typically treated with allergy drops. Most of the appropriate drops are given by a prescription, although there are a few good over the counter products as well. Some of the prescription drops are once daily medications and the rest are dosed twice a day. Cool compresses can be helpful. Artificial tears can wash out allergies and also offer some relief.
If your symptoms are not improved with these remedies, Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can prescribe a short course of topical steroid eye drops. This can offer quick relief. It is important for you to be watched if you are taking steroid eye drops.
Wearing glasses can sometimes be frustrating. You may need to wear glasses to allow you to see properly. They are often needed when the light rays are not focused onto the retina. Depending on the severity, you may need glasses some of the time or all of the time. As we get into our 40’s, most of us need glasses for reading and other up close activities.
Contact lenses are an option to reduce your need to wear glasses. It is a lens that sits on the eye that allows you to see clearly. Contact lenses need to be fit properly by an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. At the Eye Surgery Institute, we provide full service optical services.
Dr. Cindy Wang,Dr. Stanley Grandon and I can perform a comprehensive eye examination and a contact lens fitting. We can spend the proper time needed to teach you how to insert and remove the contacts and how to care for them properly. Sometimes you may need to try different types and brands of contacts to find the ones that work best for you.
Lasik is an elective surgical procedure and the goal is improve vision and reduce or eliminate the need for glasses. We use a laser to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and/or astigmatism. The purpose of Lasik is to reshape the cornea so that the light rays entering into the eye are focused onto the retina.