Ocular allergies, just like allergies anywhere in the body, can be traced back to your immune system. At Dr. Shipley & Associates, we know that the burning and watery eyes, redness, itching, and swollen eyelids that often accompany eye allergies can leave you feeling frustrated and uncomfortable. Our eye doctor in Petaluma will work with you to find the remedy that offers you maximum relief from your symptoms and offer advice to help you avoid them in the first place. About one in five people suffer from ocular allergies, with many of them also experiencing nasal symptoms in addition to those in the eyes. The reason you have ocular allergies is that your body is trying to get rid of what it perceives to be a threat to your health. The annoying symptoms are a part of that process, but they aren’t dangerous nor will the lead to any serious vision concerns.
In order to alleviate the effects of ocular allergies, if your symptoms are mild to moderate, you may be able to experience relief with the use of over the counter products. When your symptoms are moderate to severe, though, or over the counter medications have not been effective for you, our eye doctor in Petaluma can prescribe stronger options that can make you feel better. It is also wise to be proactive and employ precautions such as keeping windows closed during times when the pollen count is high. If the weather is too warm to be comfortable, use air conditioning instead. Avoid rubbing your eyes. Although itchiness may make that tempting, doing so will only worsen your symptoms. Bedding materials are often responsible for ocular allergy symptoms, so be sure to wash all of your sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, etc. Use water that is at least 130 degrees for optimal effectiveness. Allergens do accumulate over time in mattresses, so if yours is older you may need to replace it. Allergen resistant bedding materials are available and they are a good idea to consider.
The result of ocular allergies can leave you feeling as if there is no way to overcome them. But there are paths to relief, so don’t just suffer needlessly. Call us today and schedule an appointment with our eye doctor in Petaluma.