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Posted on 04-11-2018
Many people are familiar with the symptoms of allergies. Symptoms that people typically associate with allergies include a runny nose, scratchy throat, headache, and sneezing. But allergies can affect the eyes, too. In fact, some people don't realize that they have eye allergies, because they aren't experiencing the sneezing and runny nose, just the eye symptoms.
The most common signs of eye allergies are itchy, dry eyes, watery eyes, and redness. The symptoms can range from mild to severe, with bad cases causing blurry vision and swelling, especially if you've rubbed your eyes excessively. If your eyes are extremely itchy, red, swollen and you are noticing discharge, it's important to call your optometrist or doctor, as these are symptoms of pink eye.
There are a variety of triggers for eye allergy symptoms. Some of the most common include pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke or other indoor or outdoor allergens. Pollen, trees, grass, and weeds are typically seasonal, meaning you will only experience problems at certain times of the year. Year-round, or perennial, allergies are usually pet dander, feathers, mold, and cigarette smoke or dust mites.
If you are struggling with eye allergies, contact your Winchester Optometrist. During your eye exam, the optometrist will work with you to identify possible causes and triggers and will perform a thorough eye exam to rule out any other issues. Minimizing exposure to allergens is helpful, and if allergies are severe an over-the-counter allergy medication should help reduce or eliminate symptoms.
Learn more or make an appointment by calling Winchester Optical at (781)729-4553. Our clinic serves Winchester, Arlington, Lexington, and Woburn and we are happily accepting new patients.
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