Dr Michael Lange on Ocular Allergies.
Ocular allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis can occur when your immune system overreacts to outdoor allergens, such as pollen from trees ,weeds , grass and other plant materials. Dust, dander, hair and many other things can cause ocular allergies . An allergic reaction can occur when any allergen comes into contact with the conjunctiva and causes mast cells to release histamine and other chemicals that cause the eye to become itchy, red and inflamed. Dr Michael Lange of the Lange Eye Institute in The Village Florida says Allergic conjunctivitis is one of the most common forms of red eye he sees at the Lange Eye Institute during the year.
Seasonal allergies and allergic conjunctivitis are less common during the winter, but it’s possible to experience them year-round, as different plants emit their pollens at different times of the year.
What are the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis ?
These are some of the symptoms you may notice if you have allergy eyes:
- Clear, watery discharge
While most people experience mild to moderate versions of the above symptoms, inflammation can be severe enough to cause blurred vision and even cause some pain Many other symptoms can run along with the eye symptoms like:. runny nose or sneezing.
It is important to visit an eye care provider like an optometrist or optometric physician while having symptoms.
While the symptoms of allergy eyes can be uncomfortable and bothersome, they are not life-threatening, vision threatening or contagious. The symptoms of eye allergies can, however, mimic the symptoms of other more serious eye conditions that can pose a threat to your eye health. That’s why it’s important to see an eye doctor who can evaluate your symptoms and make the correct diagnosis the first time. Do not go to urgent care center of emergency room for red eye unless it is your only option.
If you’re experiencing watery, itchy eyes, contact Dr. Michael Lange at Lange Eye Institute for an evaluation. www.drmichaellage.com
How can you educe eye allergies during the summer and fall
Prevention is the best form of treatment. While you might not be able to eliminate eye allergies completely, there are several things you can do to reduce the effects of pollen.
- Reduce exposure: Try to stay inside as much as possible on pollen-heavy days. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and Pollen.com offer interactive maps that let you check out current pollen levels in your area.
- Wear sunglasses: Wearing sunglasses while outdoors will help keep pollen particles out of your eyes, especially on windy days.
- Keep your windows closed: On pollen-heavy days, keep your windows shut to reduce the number of pollen particles entering your house.
- Wash your face and eyelids daily: Pollen tends to stick to your eyelashes, creating irritation. To prevent this, use a mild face soap to wash your face and eye area in the morning and right before bed. Use a good lid hygiene cleaner before bed like Optase TeaTree Oil Cleansing gel or Oasis Tears Hypochlorous eyelid cleansing spray.
- Use a good preservative free artificial tear like Optase of Oasis Tears Plus that has a natural anti inflammatory called Hyaluranic acid in them that helps to reduce eye allergy symptoms.
- Cold Compress 2 to 3 times a day for five minutes.
- Dietary Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to benefit early and late stage allergic conjunctivitis by reducing inflammatory markers. Take a good triglyceride form omega 3 fish oil like Fortifeye Super Omega or Fortifeye Super Omega 3 Max. Dr Michael Lange states that his patients on omega 3 fish oil have less ocular allergies and less dry eye symptoms. He recommends taking 1600 mg of tg form omega 3 if weight is under 180 lbs and 2400 mg of tg form omega 3 fish oil if over 180 lbs. He states always a good idea to consult with patients own eye doctor.
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If your symptoms are still bothersome after trying the above tips, you can try using over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or a combination of the two. Non-prescription treatments include artificial tears, decongestants /antihistamine eye drops, and oral antihistamines. If those don’t help with your symptomology you must see an eye doctor for further evaluation and treatment.
To be evaluated for ocular allergies or to learn more about how to resolve your symptoms, contact Dr. Michael Lange at Lange Eye Institute today or call 352 753-4014