Allergic Eye Problems Specialist

Eye Care & Surgery

Ophthalmologists & Optometrists located in New York City, NY & The Bronx, NY

Eye allergies can be irritating and painful. If your eyes are itchy, red, and watery, you may have allergic eye disease. To get help with eye allergies, visit Eye Care & Surgery, with two New York City locations in Washington Heights in Manhattan and another near the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, right across the street from Yankee Stadium. The dedicated ophthalmologists and optometrists provide patients of all ages with high-quality eye care. Make an appointment online or call your nearest Eye Care & Surgery office to get relief from allergic eye problems.

Allergic Eye Problems

What is an eye allergy?

The conjunctiva is the thin membrane covering your eye and the inside of your eyelid. When an allergen irritates the conjunctiva, you can experience allergic conjunctivitis or an eye allergy. 

An allergen is a substance that your immune system identifies as a threat. When you come in contact with an allergen, your immune system begins producing antibodies that can cause an allergic reaction. 

People with allergies are at increased risk of allergic eye disease.

What are the symptoms of allergic eyes?

Common symptoms of eye allergies include itchy, red, burning eyes. You may notice a watery discharge from your eyes as well. Some people experience eye allergies along with nasal allergies. Sneezing and runny nose commonly accompanies eye allergies.

While eye allergies can be annoying, the condition is usually minor and doesn’t pose additional health risks. 

For patients with allergic eye disease, symptoms begin in spring and can be severe throughout the year. If eye allergies are interfering with your daily activities, Eye Care & Surgery can help.

What triggers allergic eye problems?

Like other allergies, eye allergies are triggered by allergens in your environment. Common triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume

Many people with eye allergies experience seasonal allergies, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever). If you have a history of asthma or eczema, you could be at increased risk for eye allergies as well. 

Symptoms can develop immediately, as soon as the eyes come in contact with the allergen. In some cases, symptoms can appear a few days after exposure.

How are eye allergies treated?

One of the most effective treatment methods for eye allergies is avoiding allergens. Visiting Eye Care & Surgery can help you determine what triggers your eye allergy so that you can make lifestyle changes to limit your exposure. 

The team offers a quick, painless allergy test for children and adults to evaluate common allergens. 

Artificial tears and eye drops can help cleanse your eyes of allergens and keep your eyes clear. In addition, not rubbing your eyes or wearing contact lenses may help. 

For serious eye allergies, your Eye Care & Surgery ophthalmologist or optometrist can recommend prescription medications to manage severe itching, burning, and redness. These treatments can include eye drops or allergy shots to help ease symptoms. 

You don’t have to live with red, itchy eyes. Make an appointment at Eye Care & Surgery to learn more about allergic eye conditions and find an allergy management plan that works for you. Call the office or book an appointment online today.