Prevention & Treatment of Eye Allergies
Prevention The best approach to reducing the symptoms of eye allergies is to limit exposure to the allergens causing them. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high, keep windows closed, and run the air conditioner to filter the air - don't forget to change filters! When outside wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen and ragweed, drive with your windows closed, change your clothes when going back into the house, and wash your hands.
Treatment For some, symptoms will be relieved by the use of over-the-counter re-wetting drops to flush your eyes of the allergens. It may not seem that something so easy as lubricating the eye with re-wetting drops will relieve the great discomfort of allergies, but it really can be. The drier the eye, the more sensitive and reactive it may become to allergens. If your symptoms persist, call to schedule a visit with the doctor. Likely, an antihistamine, like new 24 hour drops, will be prescribed. Chronic, year long allergies are best managed by treating underlying dry eye issues. The next step for a more stubborn case is to manage it with steroids. As the condition improves, follow up may begin with an antihistamine, then move to re-wetting drops once better controlled. Early treatment is best for treating allergies so call us as you become uncomfortable. We can help in selecting the best re-wetting drops for your case; call us for more information
Prevention & Treatment of Dry Eye
Prevention You may be predisposed to developing chronic dry eye but there are ways to keep you eyes healthy to ease stress. Hydration, sleep, a diet high in fatty acids (Omega 3), and exercise are helpful. Also, decrease dry eye caused by Digital Stress, lower contrast on your devices (phones, tablets) and blink often. Follow the 20/20/20 rule to give eyes a break: look 20 feet away, every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. If you have discomfort, try warm compresses, as this helps many of our patients.
Treatment For some, symptoms will persist. Chronic dry eye can create permanent damage and scarring on the cornea. There are many treatment options depending on the severity of the case and how the eyes respond to each treatment. Episodes of dry eye can be treated with wetting drops, warm compresses, fish oil and steroid drops as needed. Chronic cases require more complex solutions. Many patients respond very well to punctal plugs - devices inserted into the tear ducts to block drainage. It is achieved during an office visit and many patients find great relief. Our treatment options are vast, including the medically advanced use of biogenetic material. Most treatments are covered by your medical insurance, so don't delay relief and schedule your appointment now.
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