Eye Allergy Treatment in Boston
When you think about allergies, you probably picture runny noses, sneezing, and congestion. But seasonal and environmental allergies can affect your eyes just as much as your nose and throat. Downtown Boston eye doctor, Dr. Rae Huang, sees hundreds of people every year from the greater Boston area who are looking for effective eye allergy treatment that still allows them to focus and function throughout their day-to-day activities.
Common Symptoms of Eye Allergies
An allergy is an over-the-top protection response from your immune system to something in your environment. This can lead to a variety of symptoms that affect your eyes, including:
• Clear watery discharge that often dries out and leaves a crusty residue on your eyelids and lashes
• Eye redness
• Eye itching or burning
Combined, these symptoms can lead to blurry vision, painful eye discomfort, and an overall decrease in quality of life.
Causes & Triggers of Eye Allergies
Maybe you've dealt with allergies on and off your entire life. Or, perhaps you've never had any issues in the past, but are suddenly experiencing dry, itchy, watery, red, and irritated eyes.
Unfortunately, it is possible to develop allergies as you age. This is often due to changes to your immune system, stress levels, nutrition, and so on. But whether you are a veteran allergy sufferer or a complete newbie, the factors triggering your symptoms probably fall into one of the below categories:
• Environmental: wood smoke, cigarette smoke, pet dander, household chemicals, medications, and perfume, make-up and other personal care products
• Seasonal: pollen from trees, grass, and other outdoor plants
How Our Boston Optometrist Can Help You Manage Eye Allergies
Understanding which irritants are triggering your symptoms is a critical component to effective care. Fortunately, our Boston optometrist can help you figure this out via testing and a physical eye examination. Importantly, she'll also rule out other eye conditions that may cause similar symptoms, including pink eye and chronic dry eye. This is critical, since pink eye treatment, for example, may be quite different than eye allergy treatment.
By zeroing in on the underlying causes of your symptoms, our optometrist in Boston is able to provide treatment—whether that's medicated eye drops, ointments, oral medications, and/or lifestyle and hygienic strategies—that will be more effective and custom-tailored to meet your specific needs.
Visit Our Downtown Boston Eye Doctor
Dr. Huang has been an eye doctor in Boston for several years. She, along with the rest of the staff here at Vision Care 2000, is fully committed to her patients feel good, look good, and see well. That's why our team is proud to provide a comprehensive selection of vision and eye care services, including eye allergy treatment in Boston, that are sure to help your entire family. To schedule an appointment or to find out about the different conditions we treat, then call our optometry clinic today at (617) 487-4640.