It's common for people to suffer from eye allergies. If you have these allergies, you know how annoying and frustrating they can be. Some eye allergies develop during certain times of the year while others are there all year long. Many times, it is the spring and summer seasons that are the worst for causing eye allergies. However, you may have allergies at any time. If you have eye allergies, eye infections, etc., it can help to have an eye exam from an optometrist. Give us a call today at our Kailua-Kona, HI, office for your appointment with the eye doctor. We at Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates are here to help.
What Causes Eye Allergies?
There are a number of eye allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction. One of the most common triggers is pollen that is released by trees and plants during certain times of year. These commonly affect the eyes during the summer and spring as the plants and trees bloom. While there are many allergens outdoors that can affect the eyes, there are also indoor allergens. Many people have both indoor and outdoor eye allergies, or they may have one or the other. For those who suffer from indoor allergies, pinpointing the cause of them can be much easier than with outdoor allergies. Outdoors, you may never know what the exact trigger is. Indoors, it's often things like dust or fragrances used in the home. Some people are able to figure out their triggers by taking note of when they experience the allergies and what they are doing at that time.
What Are the Symptoms of Eye Allergies?
It's common for those with eye allergies to have eyes that are dry or itchy as well as having other symptoms. They may have red eyes due to the allergen affecting the tiny blood vessels on the surface of the eye and irritating and inflaming them. If you wear contacts for many hours, spend a lot of time at the computer, or rub your eyes a lot, this can make the redness even worse. Eye allergies can also cause your eyes to water as the body tries to rid itself of the irritating allergen. Your eyes may also get puffy or swell up when there is an allergy trigger present.
How Can an Eye Doctor Help?
An eye doctor on our team can help you determine the cause of your allergies. Once we know the cause, we can help you avoid exposure. We can also prescribe you special types of contacts that may help with eye allergies. We can also prescribe medication to help reduce symptoms.
See an Optometrist on Our Team for Eye Relief
If you are suffering from eye allergies or eye infections, there may be treatments available to you. It's time to call an eye doctor on our team at Wally Kojima, O.D. and Associates to set up an eye exam. Call our office in Kailua-Kona, HI, at (808) 331-8081 to schedule your appointment.