Are your eyes often itchy, burning, teary, or red? Do you find your eyes are often swollen and uncomfortable? Have you noticed if these symptoms occur during certain times of the year? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you should visit our Las Vegas optometrist, Dr. Shannon Chandler, for an ocular allergy evaluation. Ocular allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis or simple eye allergies, are quite common. They affect one in five Americans every year. Ocular allergies can be broken down into two main types. The most common type of ocular allergy is the seasonal allergy. This means that you tend to experience ocular allergy symptoms only during certain seasons of the year – usually starting around early spring and continuing into summer and fall. In these cases, allergies occur because of allergens in the air from pollen, trees, weeds, and even spores from molds.
The other, less common type of ocular allergy is the perennial allergy. Individuals who experience this type of allergy have symptoms all year round. Perennial allergy symptoms are usually triggered by indoor allergens, such as pet dander, mold, dust, feathers, perfumes, smoke, cosmetics, certain types of medication, and more. Trying to pinpoint what is triggering your allergy symptoms can be useful in finding an effective and personalized treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms that are not easily remedied on your own, you should visit Dr. Chandler for an evaluation. Our Las Vegas optometrist will examine your eyes and discuss possible triggers for allergies in order to determine a treatment solution that works for you. In some cases, symptoms similar to allergy symptoms may actually be from an eye infection, so you should always visit a professional like Dr. Chandler if your symptoms are persistent.
If you would like to learn more about ocular allergy evaluations and treatment, or any of the other services provided by our Las Vegas optometrist, we invite you to visit and browse through the additional information provided on Dr. Chandler’s website. If you have a question or comment, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact our staff by calling our office or sending us a message online.