Fallas Family Vision would like to make area residents aware of the benefits of regular eye care for allergy-related eye irritation. Certain times of year can be more problematic than others, but regular eye exams bring important vision and eye health benefits as well as relief for the effects of seasonal allergies.
The current pollen index in the McDonough, Georgia area shows a high count for tree pollen, including pine, juniper, oak, mulberry, and maple. Grass and weed pollen is likely to become more problematic as the spring season approaches. Allergies affect the eyes by causing them to become red, watery, and extremely itchy. The eyelids can become puffy and swollen. Allergens can also cause sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and fatigue. In some cases, eye allergies can lead to pink eye (conjunctivitis) and other infections.
Persons who suffer from eye allergies are genetically predisposed to having a reaction to specific pollens and allergens in their environment. Pollen, mold, pet dander, and dust are some of the most common triggers. The best ways to control allergic reactions is to limit exposure and be proactive about symptoms. Staying indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high is one example. Changing HVAC system filters frequently is another way to ensure clean indoor air. Frequent vacuuming and dusting can help with managing pet dander.
While outdoors during allergy season, wraparound sunglasses can offer protection. Wearing eyeglasses instead of contact lenses or using daily disposable contacts can also help keep eyes free of irritation. Allergy sufferers should resist rubbing their eyes when they itch, as this can damage the eye’s surface.
Fallas Family Vision offers prescription medications and eye drops for those who suffer from severe allergies. Some of these treatment options may include prescribing antihistamines, decongestants, mast cell stabilizers, anti-inflammatory drugs, or steroids in order to relieve the patient from the discomfort and potential eye damage caused from rubbing itchy eyes.
Seeing a McDonough optometrist regularly can help to determine how the eyes are being affected by allergies and facilitate treatment before the issue becomes advanced. An eye exam every 24 to 48 months is the best way to ensure ongoing vision and eye health.
Dr. Humberto Fallas, O.D. says, “At Fallas Family Vision, we use advanced technologies and techniques to help screen for issues of the retina, macula, optic nerve, and other eye structures. We also offer proactive treatments and solutions for maintaining eye health during allergy season and throughout the year.”
Fallas Family Vision strives to go above and beyond for their patients. They offer a state-of-the-art optometry clinic and provide many eye care services including minor eye surgery, medical eye exams, dry eye treatment, and a wide selection of designer glasses and sunglasses. Additional information is available on their website at http://www.fallasfamilyvision.com/.
Fallas Family Vision
1415 Hwy 20 W
McDonough, GA 30253