Eye Allergies

Alexandra Williamson, OD, FAAO, FCLSA -  - Optometry

Michigan Eye and Contact Lens

Alexandra Williamson, OD, FAAO, FCLSA

Optometry & Pediatric Optometry located in Novi, MI

If you suffer from frequent red, irritated eyes, you may have allergies. At Michigan Eye and Contact Lens in Novi, Michigan, Dr. Alexandra Williamson offers effective solutions for relieving the pain and irritation of eye allergies. She offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment to reduce redness and pain and help prevent allergy attacks in the future. Michigan Eye and Contact Lens services patients in Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, Commerce, Milford, South Lyon, Northville, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Southfield, Plymouth, Birmingham, Livonia, Brighton, Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Township, White Lake, and Highland, MI. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about eye allergy treatments.

Eye Allergies Q & A

What are eye allergies?

An eye allergy is a common condition that occurs when your immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance. Your eyes produce histamine in response to an allergen, which results in allergy symptoms.

Common substances that trigger eye allergies include:

  • Food
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites

Allergic reactions can range from mild to severe. In some cases, they can disrupt your daily life.

You may also experience persistent allergy symptoms throughout the year or only develop symptoms seasonally or in certain situations or during specific activities.

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?

When you come into contact with an allergen, you may experience one or more of a variety of symptoms. Eye allergies can irritate the delicate membrane covering your eye, causing redness and irritation. Your eyes may also become swollen enough to interrupt your vision.

Other common eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sinus pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort or decreased time while wearing contact lenses

If you have asthma, contact with your allergy triggers can result in an asthma attack.

Allergy symptoms can be persistent or may come and go based on environmental factors, such as seasonal changes. 

It’s important to care for your eyes properly during an allergy attack to prevent damage. Rubbing or scratching itchy, watery eyes can result in long-term damage to your cornea and other parts of your eyes.

How are eye allergies diagnosed?

Dr. Williamson offers comprehensive diagnostic testing to confirm eye allergies. She reviews your medical history and listens to your symptoms.

Symptoms of eye allergies can be similar to other eye conditions, including infections, and Dr. Williamson rules out other medical conditions as part of her diagnosis.

If she suspects allergies, Dr. Williamson may suggest additional testing to determine your triggers.

How are eye allergies treated?

Dr. Williamson offers several treatment options to help relieve symptoms of eye allergies, including medications like oral antihistamines.

Other treatment options may include:

  • Corticosteroids
  • Nasal sprays
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Allergy shots

To prevent future allergy flare-ups, Dr. Williamson can also help you avoid triggering allergens.

To learn more about eye allergy treatments, schedule a consultation by calling the office or using the online booking feature.


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