Here at Irvine Optometry, we are proud to offer ocular allergy treatment.
Many people struggle with allergies, which lead to itchy and uncomfortable eyes. However, long-term allergies can cause problems such as scratches, ulcers, and even vision problems.
Most people treat their allergies with over-the-counter medications. Antihistamines are commonly used to help. It is also helpful to use eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated, which decreases your chances of harming your eye. Some people find it helpful to flush out their eyes when they have an irritant in them.
However, if over-the-counter medications are not helping or you have pain, redness, or a lot of discharge, you really need to be seen! We sometimes prescribe artificial tears to help. Antihistamines and decongestants can be used together to make a patient much more comfortable. Mast-cell stabilizers are often prescribed because they prevent the body’s allergic response to allergies. For severe reactions, allergy shots may be helpful too!
We are here for you if you have allergies and are struggling with red and itchy eyes. We will go through all of your options until we find what works best for you!