Eye Allergies Diagnosed and Treated by Our Eye Doctor in Chula Vista
If you suffer from annoying eye allergies, our optometrist near Chula Vista can help you feel, and function, better. Our eye doctor will determine the cause of your allergic reactions and find the best eye allergy treatment option. We can even help you so that you’re able to wear contact lenses again, if you’ve given up, or help you wear them more comfortably. Watery, itchy, red eyes can be a thing of the past when you visit your Chula Vista optometrist for expert allergy eye care.
What are Eye Allergies?
Eye allergies are your body’s reaction (or overreaction) to an irritant, usually an airborne allergen. Common eye allergy triggers include pet dander, mold spores, plant pollen, and household or outdoor dust. Chemicals can cause an allergic reaction as well, such as therapeutic tears (especially those with preservatives), makeup, perfume, face lotion and more.
Eye Allergy Symptoms
If you experience these symptoms, you may have eye allergies:
- Red eyes
- Eye or eyelid swelling
- Itchy eyes
- Water eyes or excess tearing
- Eye tenderness or sore eyes
- Burning sensation in the eyes, during spring and summer pollen seasons, typically
- Eye pain
- Light sensitivity
How our Optometrists Diagnose, Manage and Treat Eye Allergies
Our optometrist near Chula Vista diagnoses your eye allergies after a thorough eye exam. We will rule out issues like eye infection or dry eye disease, which have similar symptoms to eye allergies. We may make a more specific diagnosis by asking you about other symptoms and whether your symptoms are seasonal and we'll learn your eye allergy triggers.
Eye care treatment options for allergic reactions include:
- Avoiding allergens that you and our optometrist have identified as a trigger for you.
- Removing contacts or getting a different prescription for disposable, single day wearable silicone hydrogel contact lenses. This material allows your eyes to receive more oxygen and do away with the need for cleaning chemicals that may be causing or worsening your eye allergies.
- Non-prescription eye drops for symptom relief. Our optometrist can recommend the best brand for your specific needs.
- Prescription medications (oral or eye drops), such as:
- Steroids eye drops for short-term use to relieve inflammation
- NSAID eye drops (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories) which work well for hay fever (seasonal allergic conjunctivitis)
- Mast cell stabilizing medication, which works long term to decrease eye allergy flare-ups.
- Decongestants to help eliminate red eyes by shrinking blood vessels
- Antihistamines to block histamine release in your body, which helps calm watering eyes and sniffling or a runny nose.
Get an Eye Exam for Eye Allergies in Chula Vista Today!
If you need long-term relief from eye allergies, look no further. Our eye doctor at Villa Optometry in Chula Vista, CA, is ready to help with an accurate diagnosis and personalized eye care. We also serve the communities of Bonita, East Lake, Imperial Beach, Rancho Del Rey and Terra Nova in San Diego County, CA. Contact us at 619-482-2020.