Treating Eye Allergies in Ashburn, VA
An allergy is an immune system response to a substance that does not typically cause a reaction in most people. These substances, called “allergens,” can come from a variety of sources and causes your body to release histamines in response. Our eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in our bodies, and as such tend to be very susceptible to allergies. At Optics&EYECARE, our Ashburn VA team helps people of all ages and backgrounds find relief from their eye allergies no matter what time of year.
Common Eye Allergies & Symptoms
Among our patients in Ashburn, our team sees many people struggling with eye allergies caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Pet Dander
- Household cleaners
- Hairspray and other aerosol products
- Mold and fungus
You may have an eye allergy if your eyes become red, itchy, and/or watery (all of which may cause blurry vision). You may find that your allergies worsen depending on the time of year, or if you find yourself around a known allergen such as animals or smoke.
How Are Eye Allergies Diagnosed?
If you believe that you are suffering from eye allergies, it’s important to come see an Ashburn optometrist as soon as you can. At Optics&EYECARE, we can help you determine what’s causing your symptoms, and rule out other conditions including chronic dry eye or an eye infection (often called pink eye or conjunctivitis) caused by a bacteria or fungus.
To determine the exact cause of your eye allergies, our optometrist, Dr. Seema Mohanan, will take you through a thorough patient history questionnaire and comprehensive eye exam. With your help, and with the help of our advanced optometric equipment and procedures, Dr. Mohanan will be able to identify the underlying cause (or causes) of your symptoms, which will allow her to initiate the proper treatment.
How Our Ashburn Optometry Team Treats Eye Allergies
If you come to Optics&EYECARE seeking symptom relief from eye allergies, your individual treatment plan will really depend on what’s causing your symptoms in the first place. Some of the most common approaches to relieving eye allergy symptoms include:
- Cold compress over the eyes to soothe itching, burning, and swelling
- Switching from contact lenses to eyeglasses (to prevent dust and other particles from adhering to the surface of your eyes)
- Proper hand hygiene (to prevent the spread of allergens to and from the eyes)
- Removal or avoidance of exposure to known allergens
- Medicated eye drops and ointments, along with oral medications, to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and maximize eye surface moisture
Let our Ashburn optometry staff helps get you the symptom relief you’ve been looking for! Call (703) 687-4719 now!