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Allergies and How They Affect Your Vision

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Spring is in the air, and while many of us look forward to the blossoming flowers and warmer temperatures, it's also the kickoff of allergy season—a less welcome arrival, particularly for those who suffer from allergic reactions. At Dr. Ellis R. Jones and Associates in Fort Worth, TX, we understand the unique challenges that allergies can pose not just to your general health but specifically to your vision. In this blog, we'll explore what allergies are, how they affect your eyes, and how our dedicated team can help you manage these symptoms effectively.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance—such as pollen, bee venom, pet dander, or a particular food—that doesn't cause a reaction in most people. When you have allergies, your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. These antibodies identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn't. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system's reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.

When Is Allergy Season?

While allergies can bother people year-round, the traditional allergy season typically begins in spring and lasts through early summer. This is when plants start to release pollen, and mold spores begin to float through the air because of warmer temperatures. In places like Fort Worth, TX, where the climate can contribute to a longer growing season, residents may experience extended exposure to allergens.

How Allergies Affect Vision

Allergic reactions can significantly affect your eyes, leading to symptoms such as:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery or swollen eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light

These symptoms occur because the allergens disturb the tear film of the eye, which is essential for proper eye health and clear vision.

Managing Allergies

The first step in managing allergies is identifying the allergens that trigger your symptoms. You can do this through allergy testing, which we offer at our practice. Once the allergens are identified, you can adopt avoidance strategies, such as staying indoors on days when the pollen count is high and keeping windows closed during high allergen periods.

Medications like antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal corticosteroids can help control your allergy symptoms. For eye-specific symptoms, lubricating eye drops and antihistamine eye drops can provide relief.

What Can Be Done for Your Eyes

When dealing with allergies that affect your eyes, it is crucial to avoid rubbing them, which can exacerbate irritation and swelling. Instead, consider the following treatments:

  • Antihistamine or Anti-inflammatory Eye Drops: These can help reduce the itchiness, redness, and swelling.
  • Cold Compresses: Applying a cold cloth to your eyes can help reduce swelling and soothe irritation.
  • Proper Eyewear: Sunglasses can help shield your eyes from allergens when outdoors.

How Optometrists Can Help

At Dr. Ellis R. Jones and Associates, our optometrists can provide specialized care for those suffering from ocular allergies. We can prescribe the most effective eye drops and medications to combat your specific symptoms and recommend the best course of action for both short-term relief and long-term management.

Why Choose Us

Choosing the right eye care provider is crucial, especially when dealing with something as disruptive as allergies. Our team at Dr. Ellis R. Jones and Associates is highly trained and deeply compassionate. We not only focus on alleviating your symptoms but also strive to improve your overall eye health and quality of life. We leverage the latest in eye care technology and tailor our treatments to meet the individual needs of each patient.

Don't let allergies ruin the beauty of the season. If you're experiencing uncomfortable eye symptoms due to allergies, book an appointment with us today. Let us help you see clearly and comfortably, regardless of the season. Visit our website or call our office to schedule your visit. With our help, you can enjoy the great outdoors with clear and comfortable vision.