Allergies Specialist

Killeen Vision Source

Optometrist located in Killeen, TX

If you are tired of red, itchy, irritated eyes caused by allergies, Dr. Austin Ruiz at Killeen Vision Source in Killeen, Texas, offers several practical solutions for treating allergies. Eye allergy treatments help alleviate the pain and burning you feel during allergy flare-ups and restore your quality of life. End the frustration of eye allergies by scheduling a consultation online or calling the office to learn more.

Allergies Q & A

What are eye allergies?

Eye allergies can occur when your immune system overreacts to environmental triggers. Your cells release histamine and other chemicals that cause watery, itchy, redness and irritation.

Common allergens that trigger eye allergy flare-ups include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Chemicals
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Exhaust
  • Perfumes

Allergies can be seasonal when pollen counts are high during the spring and fall. Eye allergies can also be chronic if your allergen triggers are found indoors, such as pet dander, dust, and mold.

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?

Allergy symptoms affecting the eyes can range from mild to severe. Common eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Swelling

In some cases, eye allergy symptoms can cause inflammation that disrupts your vision and makes it challenging for you to perform your normal activities.

Your eyes may also produce a clear, watery discharge. If the discharge is thick or not clear, it may signal an eye infection. Itchy, irritated eyes can cause you to rub your eyes often, which can lead to infection and eye damage. In these cases, call Dr. Ruiz right away for a proper diagnosis of allergies or more serious medical conditions.

How are eye allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Ruiz at your Killeen Vision Source performs a full examination, including a closer inspection of the blood vessels in your eyes to identify swelling and leaks.

What treatments are available for eye allergies?

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Ruiz may recommend one or a combination of treatments to control allergy reactions and relieve eye discomfort. Eye allergy treatments may include:

  • Prescription eye drops
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Oral decongestants
  • Allergy shots

Your doctor may recommend using these therapies daily to prevent allergy attacks, or you may need to treat your symptoms only when they appear. It is important to follow all dosing requirements to ensure your eye health.

Routine eye exams help to manage the changing symptoms of eye allergies and allow your doctor to monitor your symptoms and identify allergy triggers.

If your allergies are affecting your vision, call your Killeen Vision Source today or book an appointment online.