Have you experienced itching and watery eyes? Allergic conjunctivitis is a common condition that affects the eyes when you are exposed to allergens in the environment. Allergens are substances that trigger your body’s immune system and produce an allergic reaction as a response. The allergen reacts with IgE antibodies and induces mast cells to degranulate and as a result causes symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis. Common allergens include pollen, ragweed, pet dander, dust mites etc.
Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include:
-itching of the eyes -increased lacrimation (watery eyes)
-swelling, redness of conjunctiva and/or eyelid
-gritty, sandy sensation
-contact lens intolerance, increased awareness of lens wear
You may also notice other systemic allergic response such as itchy, runny nose, sinus congestion, or sneezing.
Dr. Marc Woerz and Dr. Wenting Wang, Mckinney optometrists, routinely treat ocular allergies in a variety of ways at McKinney Eyeworks.
Treatments for ocular allergies include cool compresses, antihistamine and/or mast cell stabilizer eye drops, oral antihistamine, and in certain severe cases mild topical steroid drops may be incorporated.
If you are a contact lens wearer the McKinney optometrists fit special contacts that will enable the allergy sufferer to more easily tolerate and wear contact lens successfully.
An eye exam with your eye care provider is always recommended if you are experiencing any of the above ocular symptoms.
So, don’t be afraid to go outside this allergy season. Come in and see us at McKinney Eyeworks so we can get you ready!