While eye allergies don’t pose a threat to your sight and are not contagious, they affect millions of Americans annually. If your allergies interfere with everyday activities, call or make an appointment online today with one of the doctors at James N. Cohn M.D. & Associates in Fremont, California.
Allergic conjunctivitis — or eye allergies — are a common eye condition that inflame the tissue that lines the inside of your eyelids and outside of the eyeball.
Like other allergies, eye allergies start when your immune system identifies a harmless substance as an allergen, overreacts, and produces antibodies. The immunoglobulin travels to cells that release the chemicals responsible for itchy, red, swollen, or watery eyes.
The most common eye allergies include:
Common eye allergy symptoms include:
To diagnose you with eye allergies, the doctors at James N. Cohn M.D. & Associates discuss your medical history and your family’s history of allergies. A slit-lamp microscope helps find swollen blood vessels on the surface of your eyes.
Since there is no cure for eye allergies, the best treatment is to avoid your triggers by:
If avoidance is not enough, the doctors at James N. Cohn M.D. & Associates recommend either over-the-counter or prescription medications. These include:
For help dealing with your eye allergies, call or make an appointment online with one of the doctors at James N. Cohn M.D. & Associates in Fremont, California.