Allergy sufferers know the troubles they experience when their allergies affect their eyes. Many of Americans suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, also known as a type of eye allergies, and can have symptoms similar to eye infections. Seeing an optometrist for an eye exam can help diagnose the root causes of eye allergies and help develop a treatment plan to help patients manage the pain and discomfort associated with allergies. An eye doctor on our team at Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates in Kailua-Kona, HI, understands the need for eye care treatment among people who suffer from eye allergies.
Symptoms of Eye Allergies
Everyone experiences various symptoms associated with their eye allergies, including itching, tearing, and a burning sensation. Other common symptoms may include blurry vision, swollen eyelids, and sensitivity to light. Some patients also experience nasal allergies, and other eye allergy symptoms. It is also common to experience redness in the eyes and a watery discharge from one or both eyes.
Eye Allergies and Eye Infections
Eye allergies can present similar symptoms to an eye infection, but both conditions need different treatments. Eye allergies are commonly caused by environmental allergens, such as pet dander, and because these allergens live in the air, it is challenging to avoid them. However, allergy symptoms can be reduced by washing the face, rinsing out eyes, staying indoors when there are high-pollen in the air, and taking allergy medications.
Environmental allergens do not usually cause infections; the infections are caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses. Symptoms are similar to eye allergies; however, experiencing pain or having a thick, colored discharge from the eyes could signify it is an infection, not allergies.
To determine if you are suffering from eye allergies or an infection, see an optometry expert on our team who can diagnose the root cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. Once a diagnosis is determined, an eye doctor on our team can recommend the best course of treatment for allergies or infections.
Visit an Optometrist on Our Team for Help with Eye Allergies
If you are suffering from any of the above-listed symptoms, schedule an appointment with an optometrist on our team for an eye exam to see what is causing your symptoms. We can show how to alleviate the symptoms of eye allergies and, if needed, provide treatment for an infection. Call our office at (808) 331-8081 for Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates to schedule an eye exam with one of our Kailua-Kona, HI, team members.