Eye allergies are very common and are caused by the same irritants that give us a runny nose and make us sneeze. There are approximately 50 million people that suffer from seasonal allergies and up to 40 % are children.
Not only do allergies sufferers have symptoms of sneezing, runny nose, and congestion, they also may have itchy, watery eyes, and swollen eyelids. The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Allergies can also be caused by reactions to artificial tears that contain certain preservatives and cosmetics. Here is a short quiz to see if you could potentially have eye allergies!
- Do allergies run in your family?
- Do your eyes often itch, particularly during spring pollen season?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with "pink eye" (conjunctivitis)?
- Are you allergic to certain animals, such as dogs, cats, or horses?
- Do you often need antihistamines and/or decongestants to control sneezing, coughing and congestion?
- When pollen is in the air, are your eyes less red and itchy when you stay indoors in air conditioning?
- Do your eyes begin tearing when you wear certain cosmetics or lotions, or when you're around certain strong perfumes?
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, then you may have eye allergies. All of our doctors are TPA certified which means that they are able to prescribe prescription allergy medications based on your needs.
To get relief from stubborn allergies please call our office at 905-319-1066 or email us at email@example.com, to see how we can make you comfortable again.