Allergic Conjunctivitis

Allergic conjunctivitis, or the redness and swelling that occurs when you're having a bad allergy attack, is a relatively common occurrence.  This condition can sometimes be as minor as a scratchy or itchy feeling in the eyes when a person encounters a substance, they are allergic to.  It can also be so bad as to cause the eyes to become red and swollen.  In severe cases, the eyes can start to ooze mucus and vision can become cloudy. We here at F & M Family Eyecare in Riverdale, GA, your “optometrist near me,” know all about Allergic Conjunctivitis.


Treatment for Allergic Conjunctivitis

1.  Allergy medication - Drugs such as Benadryl are one of the best ways to treat allergic conjunctivitis.  By blocking the histamine reaction in the body, these drugs can prevent outbreaks of red and swollen eyes.

2.  Warm compresses.  A warm wet washcloth may help to draw the substance that is causing the allergic reaction away from the eyes.  The heat will help to reduce swelling.  Leave the washcloth over the affected area for about three minutes before replacing it with a dry compress.  

3.  Eye drops.  Over the counter eye drops can be used to relieve red and itchy eyes, as well as flush out any foreign substances that are causing the reaction in the eyes.  

4.  Do not try to treat your eye by using anything other than water and eye drops.  Other substances that are introduced to your eye such as vinegar can cause a lot of damage, some of which may even be permanent.

When to See Our Eye Doctor

If you tend to have more severe allergy attacks and these do-it-yourself methods of treating your allergic conjunctivitis don't seem to work, it's likely time to see an “eye doctor near me” for an evaluation.  Our eye doctor can do several things to improve the condition, including prescribing higher levels of drugs such as prescription eye drops.  If these methods don't work, there are other treatments that are available.  

Contact Us for Eye Care Today

If you suffer from allergies that effect your eyes and vision, it may be time to check with an "eye doctor near me" to discuss other options.  If you live in the Riverdale, GA area, do a search for an "optometrist near me", then give our eye doctor a call at (770) 996-3495 F & M Family Eyecare.  We can schedule you an appointment to discuss prescription medications that can help you with this condition.

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