Allergic Eyes

Closeup of an Aggitated Eye

Eye allergies are a common condition that affects up to 50 million Americans. In central Texas, allergic eye disease, or allergic conjunctivitis, is a fact of life. Symptoms can include redness, tearing, itching, puffiness and sometime light sensitivity. These can impair a patient’s vision or affect their overall quality of life.

The allergy may be seasonal (such as cedar or oak season) or occur throughout the year as a result of exposure to allergens such as dust mites, mold or animal dander. Less frequently, patients develop allergies from wearing hard or soft contact lenses.

Allergic eye disease is uncomfortable, but it rarely causes injury. Treatment varies depending on the course, history, and symptoms and may include cold compresses, topical or oral antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers or topical corticosteroids.

Dr. Stancey can evaluate if your allergies are affecting your eyes and give recommendations on which treatment can be used to alleviate your symptoms.