Eye Allergies

Eye Allergies

Because eye allergies are very common, Dr. Craig B. Kurtz, would like to share with you some background information regarding eye allergies. Symptoms of allergies may include red, watery and itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed nose, sneezing, sinus pressure, a sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightening, and in severe cases, an asthma attack.

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects known as allergens. Although there are many potential allergens, eye allergies are most commonly caused by pollen, dust, and pet dander. Food allergies and allergic reactions to insect venom typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens. Watch the video for more information on eye allergies.

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects called allergens. Most people will suffer from at least one allergic reaction at some point in their life.

The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, insect venom, and food.

Symptoms may include:

  • red, watery, itchy eyes
  • running or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sinus pressure
  • sore throat
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightening
  • in sever cases an asthma attack can occur

While there is no cure, there are ways to prevent or relieve allergy symptoms such as avoiding specific allergens, taking medication, or immunotherapy.

We regret to inform you that due to the current health crisis regarding COVID-19, the Vision Clinic will be closed. We will send out emails when we re-open. We have taken into consideration concerns from patients and staff, as well as recommendations by the CDC and American Optometric Association to make this decision. All patients with appointments during this time will receive a phone call regarding rescheduling. If you currently have an appointment it is canceled. When we reopen you will be called and rescheduled. Any patients with needs or concerns can call or email the clinic. We will continue to provide emergency eye care. We will continue to re-evaluate this ongoing pandemic and send updates when appropriate.