Allergies

Farrah Khoja, OD -  - Optometry

Vision Source of Crystal Falls

Farrah Khoja, OD

Optometry located in Leander, TX

Allergy symptoms can really drag you down, but when they affect your eyes it’s especially frustrating. If you have eye allergies, you can have leaky, red, irritated, and painful eyes. Experienced and compassionate optometrist Farrah A. Khoja, OD, at Vision Source of Crystal Falls in Leander, Texas, can treat your eye allergies to restore pain-free clear vision. Click the online scheduler or call the office for help now.

Allergies Q & A

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?

Eye allergies can trigger a number of aggravating symptoms, including:

  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes, often with prominent blood vessels
  • Watery eyes
  • Puffy eyelids
  • Sore or painful eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Eye pain in bright light

Eye allergies are often accompanied by other symptoms like sneezing and runny nose but not always.

What causes eye allergies?

Eye allergies are often triggered by seasonal pollen, mold, dust mites, smoke, or pet dander. You can also trigger eye allergies by touching an allergen and then rubbing your eyes. Some eye makeup can also cause allergic reactions in some people.

What is the difference between eye allergies and dry eyes?

Eye allergies and dry eyes show similar symptoms, so it’s easy to confuse the two. Because the differences can be subtle, it’s important to see Dr. Khoja at Vision Source of Crystal Falls for an accurate diagnosis as soon as your symptoms start.

In general, eye allergies trigger severe itchiness, while dry eyes can cause more of a grainy and dry feeling. But there’s no doubt that both conditions are incredibly irritating. You can even have eye allergies and dry eyes at the same time.

How are eye allergies treated?

Eye allergy treatment varies depending on the source of your allergy, your symptoms, and other eye conditions present at the same time.

In many cases, prescription eye drops work well. Prescription allergy drops contain two main ingredients: an antihistamine to ease or eliminate itching and a mast-cell stabilizer to prevent allergy symptoms.

Corticosteroid eye drops can be another treatment option if you’re struggling with chronic eye allergy issues like swelling and redness.

Artificial tears, which are available over the counter, can also help by replenishing eye moisture. Decongestant eye drops, also available over-the-counter, can relieve redness, but they're usually only meant for short-term use.

Oral medications for allergies, available over-the-counter, can help with some eye allergy symptoms but could make others worse. While they'll usually stop the itching, they may make your eyes dry out even more.

Dr. Khoja might also recommend lifestyle changes, focused on minimizing your exposure to the allergen. Home care like cool compresses can be very helpful in relieving your symptoms.

For eye allergy help now, schedule your appointment online or by calling Vision Source of Crystal Falls today.