Up to 50 million Americans suffer from the miseries of allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes being a common complaint. An allergic reaction that affects the conjunctiva, a clear layer of skin overlying the eyes, is commonly referred to as allergic conjunctivitis. Many people have seasonal ocular allergies but most have perennial. Although it frequently occurs, allergic conjunctivitis is most commonly seen in areas with high seasonal allergens and in either the spring, fall, or both. With advancements in pharmaceuticals, Dr. Weisfeld and his associates can successfully treat the symptoms of allergy for a more comfortable season.
Eye Allergy Causes:
Ocular (eye) allergies often affect the conjunctiva. This clear layer of skin is the same type of skin that lines the inside surface of the nose. Because these two areas are so similar, the same allergens (substances that induce an allergic reaction) can trigger the same allergic response in both areas.
Common allergens include:
You may be bothered in the spring by tree pollen, in the summer by grass pollen, or in the fall by weed pollen. Generally, your symptoms resolve during other times of the year, especially in the winter. Instead of outdoor allergens, you have problems with indoor allergens, such as dust mites, cockroaches, and pet dander. Seasonal outdoor allergens may worsen your problems if you are sensitive to them as well. To learn more about Ocular Allergies and see how we can help you reduce the annoyance of ocular allergies, call Dr. Weisfeld at 201.894.1400.