At Esterman Eye Institute, our physicians are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular allergies. Symptoms of ocular allergies include redness and itching, as well as tearing and burning of the eyes. Ocular allergies are usually caused by our own bodies’ immune systems reacting to environmental allergens, such as dust, cat dander, pollen, etc. When the surface of the eye is exposed to such allergens, the eye reacts by releasing histamine, which causes redness and irritation.
Ocular allergy can usually be treated with artificial tears or medicated eye drops, such as anti-histamines or steroids. If these treatments are unsuccessful, allergy testing may be indicated. Ocular allergy testing can be performed at the Esterman Eye Institute. Consult with our eye specialists for more information.