Overview of Eye Allergies
One out of every ten Americans suffers from seasonal allergies that often affect their eyes. Many of these eye allergy sufferers wear contact lenses, which only adds to the discomfort and severity of eye allergy symptoms.
Symptoms of Allergies
The most common eye allergy symptoms caused by pollen, dust, or mold include:
Dark circles under the eyes
Over the Counter Relief
You may be tempted to take an oral antihistamine such as Claritin to clear everything up, but you can actually be making your dry, itchy eyes worse. This is because antihistamines work by drying the mucous membranes in the body, including your eyes. So your nose stops running, but your eyes are drier and even more irritated.
Eye Allergy Relief with "LASIK"
The answer to your woes may be laser eye surgery. "LASIK" can give you freedom from your pollen and dust trapping contact lenses by reshaping your eyes to eliminate the need for glasses or contacts.
If these symptoms sound familiar, it is time to ditch your contact lenses and come see us for your free "LASIK" consultation. Allergy season is a very popular time for "LASIK", but you don’t have to wait until then to improve your vision and quality of life.
You can even have "LASIK" performed while you are being treated for allergies. In fact, the medicated eye drops patients use post operatively should take full care of your allergic eye symptoms. That means that the first few weeks after surgery your eyes will feel fine even without your normal allergy medications.
Remember that seasonal allergies don’t end with the spring. Grass pollen, ragweed, and indoor allergies can plague you all year round. "LASIK" can greatly relieve your eye allergy symptoms because it alleviates your need to wear cloudy contact lenses.
Tips to Control Allergies Year Round
"LASIK" won't cure you of allergies so here are some general tips to help curb symptoms during the year:
Weekly- Wash bed linens in hot water (130 F). Use allergy-proof covers on pillows, comforters and mattresses.
Check your shower curtains, wallpaper for mold, and throw out everything that has mold on it.
Wash your sinks and showers with a solution containing a small amount of detergent and 5% bleach.
Clean dust from the air with a HEPA air filter.
Don't let pets sleep in your bedroom.
Give pets a bath at least once a week.
Use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your home below 50%. This will help control mold and dust mites.
Your allergies don't need to get between you and the activities you enjoy the most anymore just call us for an appointment at 212-794-8800.
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