All allergic reactions can be traced back to the immune system. The body detects intrusion, and is acting to address it. There are two ways to combat the signs of ocular allergies: The first is with direct treatment, by topical or oral medication; the other is to make lifestyle and environmental adjustments to avoid the triggers that cause allergic reactions. If your symptoms are mild to moderate, over-the-counter allergy medications may suffice, but not all types of these medications work equally well for everyone. Furthermore, there may be unpleasant side-effects, such as drowsiness. Our optometrist in Las Vegas can assist in determining which treatment will be best for your needs and preferences – or, for moderate to severe cases, recommend prescription-strength medication to provide the best possible treatment.
There are certainly precautions one can practice at home, including, but not limited to: Washing sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and other bedding items in hot water that is at least 130 degrees, to kill dust mites; consider replacing your mattress if it’s several years old – allergens tend to collect in them and accumulate over time; also consider allergy-resistant pillow cases and other bedding materials to decrease or remove possible allergens; avoid rubbing eyes, and when pollen counts are high, keep windows closed and use air conditioning instead. Additionally, make sure you are changing air filters in your furnace frequently, especially if you own pets.
Please contact our office now to arrange a timely appointment with our optometrist in Las Vegas to treat your ocular allergies.