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Suggestions for allergy-suffering patients

If your symptoms only involve your eyes – Many patients feel they do not have allergies; however, doctors of optometry will see the classic response in the eye. If you suffer from watering, redness, and/or itching, you may respond well to anti-allergy drops of which there are many options, both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription. Make an appointment with one of our doctors if you are experiencing these symptoms – these visits are usually covered by your medical insurance.

  • Artificial tears can dilute allergens and wash away mucous thereby reducing discomfort.
  • Cool compresses are very effective against itching.

If your allergies are not isolated to your eyes –  In order to better manage allergies, it’s helpful to understand what is causing them. If you are unaware of your allergens, you may need to see your physician for testing to help tailor your treatments.

  • Patients with pollen allergies cannot avoid it, but you  may minimize the impact by showering before bed to rinse away allergens and frequent changing of air filters in the A/C system when allergen levels are elevated.
  • Patients with perennial allergies-including dust and animal dander-can benefit from changes to their homes to minimize exposure, including: minimizing carpet, using allergy-reducing bed covers, and HEPA-filtered vacuums and A/C systems.

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