Allergic Eye Disease Treatment

Approximately 22 million people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal and indoor allergies. The ocular symptoms are typically itching, redness, and swelling of the eyes. The severity of seasonal allergies depends upon the geographic zone, and the Ohio Valley is one of the worst areas in the country. In addition to the pollen and hay fever encountered during allergy seasons, house dust, animal dander, and mold can affect your eyes all year round, particularly in the winter when more time is spent indoors.

Cool compresses can decrease swelling and itching. Artificial tears can dilute the allergens and form a protective barrier over the eye. In addition, there are numerous safe and effective allergy eye drops available over the counter and by prescription. These are most effective when used prior to encountering the allergens (i.e. before working in the yard, walking in the park, etc.).

If allergic eye disease is a problem, have your eyes examined. There are many new allergy eye drops available which can help. In addition, an examination can be performed to be sure that the symptoms are not a sign of a more serious disease.