Spring is here and this means that many people are dealing with spring allergies. AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care is the top eye care center in our local area because of our wide range of services and our experienced eye doctors. In today’s blog post, we will discuss the common causes of eye allergies and explain how to tell the difference between an eye allergy and an infection.
People develop eye allergies when their body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that usually causes no problem such as pollen. An allergic reaction can happen when an allergen like pollen comes in contact with the antibodies that are attached to the mast cells in your eyes. These mast cells then release histamine and other chemicals that cause the tiny blood vessels in your eyes to leak. This causes your eyes to become watery, red and itchy.
Common allergens include:
- Pet dander
Eye Allergies vs. Eye Infections
Eye allergies share symptoms with some eye conditions and diseases, which is why an accurate diagnosis from an experienced eye doctor is very important. If you experience persistent redness, itching, burning and a clear watery discharge from your eyes then you need to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Your doctor will be able to provide the best treatment advice after your eye exam.
If you experience sensitivity to light, a gritty feel in your eyes and eye pain along with the symptoms we listed above, then it’s even more important for you to visit your eye doctor. You might have an eye infection. If you anything more than tear-like fluids come from your eye or if you feel eye pain, then it’s likely that you have an eye infection.
AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care can treat your eye allergies, provide comprehensive eye exams and help you maintain your eye health. We are personally invested in protecting and preserving your vision. We can offer eye exams for patients of all ages and we have a large selection of contacts, eyeglass frames and sunglasses in stock. We are also available for same day eye emergencies. We serve many areas including Virginia Beach, VA. Call us at (757) 340-7070 to learn more about our services or to request an appointment.