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Eye Allergies — Understanding, Managing, and Finding Relief

Do you suffer from congestion, sneezing, and itchy eyes? You might be experiencing eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis. At Vision Centers of Houston in Houston, we understand the discomfort these allergies bring.

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Eye Allergy Triggers

  • Outdoor allergens, like pollen from grass, trees, and weeds.
  • Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites, and mold.
  • Irritants, including cigarette smoke, perfume, and diesel exhaust.
  • Eye allergens can encompass airborne substances like pollen, indoor allergens, such as pet dander and dust, and irritants like cosmetics and cigarette smoke.

Eye Allergy Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Clear, watery discharge

Tips for Coping With Eye Allergies

To avoid triggers, consider making changes to your home and routine:

  • Keep windows closed during high pollen periods and use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Use "mite-proof" bedding covers and a dehumidifier to control mold.
  • Wash hands after petting any animal.

Control symptoms with over-the-counter medications:

  • Artificial tears
  • Decongestant eyedrops (avoid using for more than a week to prevent worsening symptoms)
  • Oral antihistamines (watch out for dry eyes and worsened symptoms)
  • Immunotherapy, such as allergy injections, can help build immunity to allergens.
  • Even cool compresses and artificial tears can provide relief in the absence of allergy medicine.
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Finding the right treatment for your allergies can significantly improve your quality of life, especially during the outdoor seasons. At Vision Centers of Houston in Houston, we're here to assist you in managing and treating eye allergies effectively. Request an appointment now and experience relief.