Clewner & Kelly Eye Center -  - Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeon

Clewner & Kelly Eye Center

Ophthalmology & Cataract & Corneal Surgeons located in Boca Raton, FL

Many people live with eye allergies and symptoms, including itchy, irritated, and watery eyes. At Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, Florida, Lawrence Clewner, MD, and William Kelly, MD, diagnose eye allergies and provide personalized treatments to relieve your symptoms and protect your vision. Call the practice today or make an appointment online if you’re concerned about eye allergies.

Allergies Q & A

What are the signs of eye allergies?

Eye allergies cause a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Excessive tearing
  • Mucus production
  • Feeling like you have something in your eye
  • Sensitivity to light

You might find that your contact lenses aren’t comfortable, or depending on the severity of your allergies your vision might become blurry. 

What causes allergies?

There are several different types of eye allergy. Seasonal and perennial allergic conjunctivitis is the most common type of allergy. Much like hayfever, airborne plant pollen triggers your immune system and causes allergic symptoms in your eyes. 

Other types of eye allergies include:

  • Vernal keratoconjunctivitis
  • Atopic keratoconjunctivitis
  • Contact allergic conjunctivitis
  • Giant papillary conjunctivitis

All allergic responses are due to a malfunction in your immune system when it perceives a benign substance as a threat and releases antibodies known as histamines to fight it. 

When should I talk to an ophthalmologist about allergies?

If your symptoms interfere with your vision or quality of life, make an appointment at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center. They provide thorough eye exams to diagnose eye allergies and identify the best treatments. Your doctor might also refer you to an allergist for additional testing. 

Eye allergy symptoms are uncomfortable, and when left untreated can lead to eye damage and vision problems. For example, you might be tempted to rub your eyes more frequently, which can introduce bacteria and other irritants to your eye, increasing your risk of infection, cornea damage, and other complications.

How do you treat eye allergies?

Your ophthalmologist provides customized treatment to relieve your allergies. Avoiding allergens, the substances that trigger your allergies, is usually a critical step in managing your symptoms. 

Your doctor might also recommend prescription eye drops to relieve your symptoms or artificial tears to rinse allergens out of your eyes. You might also benefit from using decongestants or oral antihistamines. Your ophthalmologist might also prescribe mast cell stabilizer eye drops, which block the release of histamines. 

If avoidance and medication don’t control your allergies, your doctor might provide a referral for immunotherapy. This long-term treatment includes regular injections of diluted amounts of the allergen that triggers your symptoms. Over time, your body learns that the substance isn’t a threat, and your immune system no longer responds as if your body is under attack.

Call Clewner & Kelly Eye Center today or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis and personalized treatment for eye allergies.