If you are one of the 24 million people suffering from ocular allergies, consider getting an allergy test at our office. Routine eye care is important for preventing allergy symptoms and our doctors can perform a simple prick or “scratch” test in the office to identify exactly what you are allergic to. We can then create a customized treatment specific to your needs.
This simple test is covered under your medical insurance and superficially scratches the surface of the skin applying the allergens to be tested.
Who Should Get Tested?
Anyone suffering from the following would be a candidate:
- Itchy eyes
- Red/bloodshot eyes
- Watery eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy nose
How Will My Allergies be Treated?
Once our doctors know the allergens that are causing your symptoms, an effective treatment plan can be recommended. Every effort to avoid and/or minimize the allergen exposure should be made first. Otherwise, medications are routinely used to manage symptoms related to allergies. Your test results will allow our doctors to now determine the absolute best oral and/or topical medication to use depending upon your specific allergies. These can include vasoconstrictors, anti-histamines and/or steroid treatment.
When allergy season is in full-swing, cases of red, itchy, and irritated eyes fill our exam rooms. Allergic conjunctivitis is one of the most common causes of seasonal red eyes in our patients.
When our bodies are exposed to high pollen counts in the air, from anything including grass, ragweed, and trees, histamine is released into our blood stream. The histamine is released through a cyclical pathway that triggers the 5 common symptoms of allergies: heat, pain, swelling, redness, and itching.
Preservative free artificial tears and cool compresses are a great way to decrease symptoms for most allergy sufferers. When medical intervention is necessary though, over the counter drops should be avoided in most cases. Many OTC remedies can be successful at treating the symptoms of allergies, but not very successful in actually treating the chronic pathway of the conjunctivitis. Drops prescribed by one of our physicians have been studied and are proven to be exponentially more successful in treating symptoms and resolving inflammation much faster than other methods.