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Posted on 04-10-2017

Eye Allergies and Treatment in Amarillo

If symptoms of eye allergies are making you miserable, your eye doctor in Amarillo TX can help. We're here to help your eyes feel better, help you see better and protect your from future vision problems due to corneal inflammation (swelling of the eye's clear lens) or possible eye infection. What if you have eye allergies every year at this time? You should talk to your optometrist in Amarillo TX and we can help you avoid some of your common allergy symptoms.

Woman with eye allergies in Amarillo, TX.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Here are some of the most common eye allergy triggers:

  • Pollen from trees and grass in springtime (outdoor allergen)
  • Ragweed in later summer and fall (outdoor)
  • Mold (indoor allergen, typically in winter)
  • Pets/animals (indoor, winter)
  • Dust (indoor, winter)
  • Makeup (chemical, upon exposure anytime)
  • Preservatives in dry eye drops (chemical, upon exposure anytime)

Symptoms of Eye Allergies

See our optometrist near Amarillo if you notice these signs of allergy eyes:

  • Irritated, itchy eyes 
  • Dry eyes
  • Swollen eyes or eyelids
  • Red eyes  
  • Blurry eyes
  • Watery eyes

How to Avoid Allergy Eyes

  • Limit exposure
  • Check pollen counts and stay inside on days when counts are high.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom.
  • Wear protective glasses when around allergens.
  • Use artificial tears without preservatives.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes.
  • Cut down contact lens wear.
  • Clean eyelids.

Get Eye Allergy Help at Your Annual Eye Exam in Amarillo TX

If you see your optometrist near Amarillo before allergy season begins, we may be able to help you avoid symptoms or lessen their severity with mast cell inhibitor eye drops, which reduce the body's histamine response. Once symptoms begin, eye allergy treatments may include (depending on the cause of your allergies): antihistamines, dry eye drops, decongestants, NSAID eye drops, or steroid eye drops to decrease corneal swelling and other symptoms associated with hay fever.

Contact Our Local Amarillo Optometrist for More Information Today!

Don't let eye allergies or dry eyes make you miserable! Get proper preventative eye care (an annual eye exam) from our optometrist at Balfour Optical in Amarillo, TX. Contact us at 806-355-4407 today.

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