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There are many symptoms that one may experience with eye allergies such as congestion, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, headaches and difficulty breathing, red eyes, watery eyes, itchy eyes, and swollen eyes. In the same way that environmental irritants cause nasal and respiratory allergies, your eyes also react more intensely to irritants because of an oversensitive immune response. In the US millions are affected by eye allergies, most specifically eye allergies that are seasonal during the spring, summer, and fall. Dr. Bajwa and his team in Ventura CA offer the most up to date treatment methods for eye allergies.

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Ranjeet S. Bajwa, O.D.

Dr. Bajwa was born and raised in Porterville, California. He is a graduate of the University of California Davis. Dr. Bajwa received his doctorate in Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry and completed a one-year residency in Crownpoint, New Mexico. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Bajwa returned...

Can You Treat Eye Allergies?

Red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids (along with sneezing, congestion or a runny nose)…these symptoms are a clear indication that allergy season has arrived. These allergic symptoms are caused by a reaction to allergens, which are substances in the environment that are usually harmless. If, however, you are one of the unlucky that is predisposed to allergies, these substances can illicit a serious and sometimes even debilitating allergic response.

As opposed to food, medicine, or insect allergies which don’t often affect the eyes, eye allergies are a common symptom of airborne allergens including mold, pollen (from trees and flowers), dust and pet dander. The summer fall and spring are often the worst times for a high pollen count and many individuals suffer during these seasons.

An allergic eye reaction occurs when your eye releases histamines in an effort to protect itself from a perceived threat (an allergen such as dust, pollen, animal dander, mold spores, eye drops or airborne chemicals). The release of the histamines causes the symptoms of redness, itchiness, burning and tearing. This response is also sometimes known as allergic conjunctivitis.

The most common type of eye allergies are perennial and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Perennial eye allergies are a response to household allergens that exist all year round such as pet dander, mold, or dust mites. Seasonal allergies usually result from pollen from plants, grass and trees that are found in the air and depend on the season and the types of pollens in the environment. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is often more severe than perennial and can cause puffy eyelids and itching which can make symptoms worse.

Helpful tips to for preventing eye allergies

  1. Taking a shower or bath helps wash off allergens from the hair and skin.
  2. Cool down with some cool compresses over your eyes. This reduces the inflammatory response and the itchiness.
  3. Use a humidifier or set out bowls of fresh water inside when using your air conditioning to help moisten the air and ensure that your eyes don’t dry out.
  4. Check and clean your air conditioning filters to make sure they are working properly to filter out irritants.
  5. Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes, not only from UV rays but also from allergens floating in the air.
  6. Plan your outdoor time wisely. One of the seasonal allergens that disturb eyes is pollen, so it is a good idea to stay indoors when pollen counts are high, especially in the mid-morning and early evening.
  7. Avoid rubbing your eyes. This makes the symptoms worse because it actually sets off an allergy cascade response which causes more inflammation and itch. Plus, rubbing might lead to a scratch which will cause greater, long-term discomfort.
  8. Use dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows
  9. Clean surfaces with a damp cloth rather than dusting or dry sweeping which can just move dust to other areas or into the air
  10. Remove any mold in your home
  11. Keep pets outdoors if you have pet allergies
  12. Remove contact lenses as soon as any symptoms appear. Some contacts can prevent oxygen from getting to your eyes and tend to dry them out or blur vision due to oil or discharge build up under the lens. This will just worsen symptoms and cause greater irritation. Furthermore, because allergies can swell the eyes, contacts might not fit the way they usually do, causing discomfort.
  13. Speak to our Ventura optometrist about allergy medications or eye drops that can relieve symptoms. Certain allergy eye drops are not compatible with contact lens wear and in fact, can bind onto the lens and cause further irritation. If your allergies are severe and you don’t want to stop contact lens wear, then ask Dr. Bajwa for a prescription allergy drop that can be applied before inserting your contacts or talk with Dr. Bajwa about specialty contact lenses such as Scleral Lenses that can reduce irritation from allergens. This may help prevent the allergic response and provide more comfortable lens wear.

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Our optometrist, Dr. Bajwa, provides comprehensive medical eye care in Ventura for patients from the surrounding areas including Oxnard, Camarillo, and Ojai. Patients visit Dr. Bajwa because they know they can count on an optometrist with the highest credentials, exceptional patient care, and the latest technology. In addition to providing relief for eye allergies, Dr. Bajwa provides many advanced medical eye care services including: