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Ocular Allergy Video Transcript

“What is ocular allergy?

Your eyes naturally come into contact with substances that are harmless to most people. An allergic reaction takes place when you’re eyes maybe overreacting to these substances.

For example dust that is harmless to most people can cause excessive production of tears and mucus in eyes of overly sensitive, allergic individuals.

What causes ocular allergy?

Eye allergy is most often the result of airborne allergy such as pollens, molds and animal dander. Occasionally, an allergy to your contact lenses or lens cleaning solution can also occur. Ocular allergy may also develop as a result of using certain eye makeups or eye drops. 

What are symptoms of ocular allergy?

Symptoms of ocular allergy may include redness, tearing, itching, eye swelling and discharge.

Who is at risk of ocular allergy?

Eye allergies are often hereditary and are more commonly seen in patients that also have other allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma and atopic eczema.

How is ocular allergy treated?

Although the cause of your ocular allergy may vary, the treatment for different ocular allergies may be similar. Avoiding exposure to things that result in your allergies is critical.

If sensitive to animal dander you may need to avoid pets. If sensitive to pollen you may consider staying inside when pollen count is high or drive with your windows closed to minimize exposure. If you are sensitive to dust mites you may want to eliminate rugs and drapery from your bedroom.

Use of cold compress, artificial tears and eye flush may provide some relief of symptoms.

In some cases your eye care provider may need to prescribe drops to help alleviate symptoms.

Allergy symptoms may mimic various symptoms of colds and other diseases.

It is important to discuss your specific symptoms with your eye care provider to decide on the appropriate treatment options for you.”

Eye Allergies

Eye allergies or ‘ocular allergies’ occur when the conjunctiva (a delicate membrane covering the eye and the inside of the eyelids) becomes irritated due to an allergen. This condition is also called Allergic Conjunctivitis.

What is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

An allergic reaction in the eye occurs when an allergen touches the surface of the eye. Your immune system will treat this allergen as a threat, whether it can actually cause harm to you or not. This immunity response is what causes the symptoms most associated with allergies, from swelling, itching to wetness.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

The most common cause of allergic conjunctivitis is seasonal and environmental allergies. For most people, seasonal and environmental allergies occur when airborne pollen, molds, spores, dusts and air sprays irritate mucus membranes in the body. These allergens can also irritate the conjunctiva of the eye.

Another cause could come from the home, not what is outside. Some people are very sensitive to dust and mold, and these can easily affect the eye.

Some people are very sensitive to pets and can get allergic reaction on the eyes.

You also may have been exposed to a farm animal which could cause an allergic reaction in the eye. Some people are allergic to only some animals – or even some breeds, such as longhair cats versus shorthair cats.

Eye Allergy Information

Westchester Eye Surgeons has helped patients with eye allergies for more than 20 years.The office has helped patients in Chicago and the suburbs for more than 20 years. Dr. Spero J. Kinnas is a leading eye surgeon in Chicago.We are conveniently located in Westchester IL to better serve Chicago-area residents.

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