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Eye Allergy Treatment (Allergic Conjunctivitis)

Eye Allergy Treatment at Classic Vision Care

Eye allergies are a pesky presence that you’ve likely learned to live with, but at Classic Vision Care, we can help you find relief from your symptoms. Our skilled doctors don’t just send you to the drug store for an over-the-counter medicine — we use our expertise to find and treat the root cause of your allergies. We’ll put our knowledge to work by learning your lifestyle needs to create a multifaceted approach to quell your eye allergy troubles for good.

 

Allergic conjunctivitis, a common eye condition, is caused by allergens like pollen or pet dander. Its symptoms include redness, itching, and tearing. Prevalent worldwide, it affects people of all ages, making proper management crucial for clear, comfortable vision.

Identifying and treating allergy root causes is vital. Addressing triggers ensures effective relief, improving eye comfort and overall well-being.

Common Allergens

Some common seasonal allergens that can trigger eye allergies include:

Pollen: Released by trees, grasses, and weeds during spring and fall.
Grass Pollen: Especially prevalent during late spring and summer.
Ragweed Pollen: Common in late summer and fall.
Mold Spores: More abundant in warm, damp weather.
Fungal Spores: Present in compost piles and decaying vegetation.
Outdoor Air Pollution: Particulate matter and smog can irritate the eyes.

Common year-round allergens that can trigger eye allergies include:

Dust Mites: Microscopic insects found in bedding, carpets, and upholstery.
Pet Dander: Tiny skin flakes, hair, or feathers from pets like cats, dogs, and birds.
Mold Spores: Present in damp environments, bathrooms, and basements.
Cockroach Droppings: Particles from cockroach feces and saliva.
Smoke: Tobacco smoke and indoor air pollutants.
Perfumes and Cosmetics: Certain fragrances, makeup, and personal care products.
Certain Foods: Allergies to specific foods can sometimes trigger eye symptoms.
Insect Bites and Stings: Allergies to insect venom can affect the eyes.

These year-round allergens can cause persistent allergic reactions, leading to symptoms like redness, itching, and discomfort in the eyes.

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We use technology — like our TearScience® LipiScan® Dynamic Meibomian Imager — to pinpoint factors that intensify your allergy symptoms so we can treat them accordingly. Meibomian glands provide key ingredients to the tear film to help maintain a healthy eye surface. Allergens can block these glands, causing irritation.

 

Treating eye allergies involves multiple approaches tailored to individual needs. 

  • Antihistamine eye drops, available over-the-counter or by prescription, alleviate itching and redness by blocking histamine release. 
  • Decongestant eye drops reduce blood vessel swelling, easing red eyes. 
  • Mast cell stabilizers prevent histamine release, ideal for prevention. 
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory eye drops curb inflammation. 
  • Artificial tears provide relief by washing allergens from the eyes. 
  • Immunotherapy, through allergy shots or tablets, gradually desensitizes the immune system. 

 

Avoiding triggers, employing air purifiers, and keeping windows closed minimize exposure. In severe cases, corticosteroid eye drops might be prescribed. Consulting an eye specialist ensures a personalized, effective treatment plan for lasting relief.

 

Check our allergies page for more options on checking for and treating allergies of the eye.

Do You Have Eye Allergies?

Many people have allergies, and their effects on the eyes can range from mild to severe, depending on the case. Some of the most common symptoms of allergies are red, stinging, and itchy eyes, as well as puffy, inflamed eyelids. Interestingly, allergies can also leave your eyes feeling dry and watery, depending on how your eyes react and other factors like eyelid hygiene.

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Ready to Find Relief?

Learn more about eye allergies and how Classic Vision Care can help.

Our Eye Allergy Treatment Options

You deserve to see the world through clear eyes, which is why we offer many options to alleviate your allergy symptoms now and for the years to come. We use technology — like our TearScience® LipiScan® Dynamic Meibomian Imager — to pinpoint factors that intensify your allergy symptoms so we can treat them accordingly. We pride ourselves on providing lasting allergy relief by curating your management plan to include personal guidance, home remedies, and state-of-the-art treatments.

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Eye Drops

Once we determine what’s causing your eye infection, we can prescribe antibiotic, steroidal, or other specialty eye drops that sooth your symptoms and address your infection at its source.

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Eye Drops

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

When the oil-producing glands in your eyelids become clogged, it causes meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This condition is a major cause of dryness and increases the risk of infection. We offer in-office IPL treatments to unclog these glands, reduce inflammation, and improve tear quality by using light to warm your eyelids and express your natural oils.

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Intense Pulsed Light

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MiboFlo

Another MGD treatment we perform in-office that helps prevent eye infection is MiboFlo, also known as Mibo Thermoflo. This 10-minute procedure uses thermal pads to warm your eyelids to allow the necessary oils to flow out, leading to hydrated eyes and better tear retention.

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MiboFlo

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BlephEx®

We use BlephEx® to treat blepharitis, one of the most common eye infections. BlephEx® utilizes a spinning micro-sponge to slough away dead skin, dirt, and debris from your eyelid to reduce inflammation and improve eye health.

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BlephEx

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Scleral Lenses

This type of contact lens is better at protecting your eyes from infection more than others. Scleral lenses cover the entire eye’s surface to shield it from bacteria and other harmful contaminants, while locking in healthy moisture with a tear reservoir. Scleral lenses have a host of other benefits, like being great for dry eye and sensitive corneas.

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Scleral Lenses
Eye Drops
Eye Drops

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Eye Drops

Once we determine what’s causing your eye infection, we can prescribe antibiotic, steroidal, or other specialty eye drops that sooth your symptoms and address your infection at its source.

Call Us     Book Online

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light

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Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

When the oil-producing glands in your eyelids become clogged, it causes meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). This condition is a major cause of dryness and increases the risk of infection. We offer in-office IPL treatments to unclog these glands, reduce inflammation, and improve tear quality by using light to warm your eyelids and express your natural oils.

Call Us     Book Online

MiboFlo

MiboFlo

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MiboFlo

Another MGD treatment we perform in-office that helps prevent eye infection is MiboFlo, also known as Mibo Thermoflo. This 10-minute procedure uses thermal pads to warm your eyelids to allow the necessary oils to flow out, leading to hydrated eyes and better tear retention.

Call Us     Book Online

BlephEx®
BlephEx

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BlephEx®

We use BlephEx® to treat blepharitis, one of the most common eye infections. BlephEx® utilizes a spinning micro-sponge to slough away dead skin, dirt, and debris from your eyelid to reduce inflammation and improve eye health.

Call Us     Book Online

Scleral Lenses
Scleral Lenses

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Scleral Lenses

This type of contact lens is better at protecting your eyes from infection more than others. Scleral lenses cover the entire eye’s surface to shield it from bacteria and other harmful contaminants, while locking in healthy moisture with a tear reservoir. Scleral lenses have a host of other benefits, like being great for dry eye and sensitive corneas.

Call Us     Book Online

Why Choose Us?

We put our hearts into what we do, and as part of our mission to be your eye care home, we won’t overlook any of your concerns. Not only are we focused on managing serious eye diseases like macular degeneration, but we’re also uniquely qualified to care for those with eye allergies thanks to our advanced technology, thorough approach, and knowledgeable doctors.

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Testimonials

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Shaun Curran
October 28, 2022.
Tonya was amazing - been a customer a year ago and needed new frames but now sure what style. She helped me with styles that fit my face and styles that are up to date fashion wise. Super helpful and professional!!!
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Tracy Rex
September 14, 2022.
Tonya was a great help and spent a lot of time helping me design my new pair of glasses. I appreciated her assistance. Good options available too.
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Excellent. Customer service was at the highest level
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March 25, 2022.
The young man who helped me with my retina exam prep for Dr. Keely was was very professional, very easy to work with, personable and gave me some valuable information. He is a top notch associate.