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Red, Itchy Eyes? Is It Dry Eye or Allergies?

ocular allergiesAllergens such as pollen, dust, and pet dander can cause your eyes to become red, itchy, and swollen. Ocular allergies may affect up to 20% of the general population, or 80 million Americans. For those suffering from allergies, relief is in sight. Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI) offers ocular allergy testing to help patients suffering from allergies.

The most common type of ocular allergies is called season allergic conjunctivitis. The conjunctiva is the part of the eye that can become inflamed when triggered by an allergen, such as pollen. People with this type of eye allergies usually experience conjunctivitis when they come in contact with pollen from trees, grass, and weeds. Other allergens that can irritate the conjunctiva include molds, house dust mites, animals, and insects.

Allergy symptoms include:

  • Swollen eyes
  • Flaky or red eyelids
  • Itchy, red, or bloodshot eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye fatigue

In-Office Testing

If you suffer from any of these conditions, you may be a candidate for ocular allergy testing. Ocular allergy testing is a non-invasive test will help determine the root cause of your eye allergies. The test is conducted in our practice and you will receive the results during your appointment. During your appointment, the OCLI specialist will place antigens directly on the skin by making multiple small impressions. After approximately 10-15 minutes, reactions will begin to appear on the skin, indicating what antigens you are allergic to. Once the allergens are identified, your OCLI team can create a personalized treatment plan.

If you would like to know more about ocular allergy testing, schedule appointment with one of our OCLI ocular allergy testing specialists by calling 1.866.SEE.OCLI (1.866.733.6254).