Eye allergies can be difficult to deal with. The itchy, red, swollen or watery eye symptoms that accompany allergic reactions can interfere with your ability to work, read, and drive or simply to enjoy life. Fortunately, a visit to a New York City Ophthalmologist at the Kelly Laser Center can help alleviate your symptoms.
Causes of Eye Allergies
Symptoms of allergies that affect the eyes are referred to as allergic conjunctivitis. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, or SAC, occurs when you are allergic to specific pollens or other allergens that only occur at certain times of the year. Hay fever is a type of seasonal allergy, and can result in SAC.
Perennial allergic conjunctivitis, or PAC, results from an allergy to something that is present in your environment year-round. This could be dust, dust mites, pet dander, air fresheners used in your home, or any number of other substances that cause an allergic reaction.
Treating Eye Allergies
The most effective way to reduce the symptoms of eye allergies is to remove the allergens from your environment. This is not always possible, however, and even when it is possible it cannot always be done immediately. Therefore, it is important to seek out help that will reduce the uncomfortable symptoms of SAC or PAC.
For seasonal allergies, many people use antihistamines during the time of year when the allergens are most prevalent. Eye drops can also help soothe the redness and swelling of the eyes that result from SAC. Long Island Ophthalmologist Dr. Kelly can make suggestions about what types of prescription or over-the-counter medications will help reduce your eye allergies.
If you do not know what is triggering your allergies, an allergist can help you determine what in your environment is causing the problems. Working together with an allergist and an ophthalmologist, you can be sure of the best chances of reducing or eliminating your eye allergy symptoms.
Dr. James Kelly of the Kelly Laser Center in New York City, New York can help alleviate your eye allergy symptoms so you can resume your normal life. Please contact Dr. Kelly’s New York City ophthalmology offices to schedule an appointment or an eye allergy consultation.