Personalized Treatment for Eye Allergies
Eye Allergy Treatment in Melbourne, FL
“I truly can’t sing enough praise for Dr. Beerelli and her team. From the moment I walked in the office, I was treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. She was prompt, took the time to listen to my concerns regarding my environmental allergies, and did not rush me to get to her next patient. Her treatment plan has made a world of a difference for me thus far. On top of it all, her new office is so clean, stylish and chic – you will not be disappointed!”
– Alexandra C, August 2021
Eye Allergy Overview
Eye allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor allergies, year-round indoor allergens, and even contact lenses. Specific types of eye allergies have been defined by allergists to help distinguish cause and personalize eye allergy treatment.
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis
Perennial Allergic Conjunctivitis
Contact Allergic Conjunctivitis
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
Eye Allergy Symptoms
While eye allergies share symptoms with other diseases of the eye, a distinguishing feature of eye allergies is that they usually affect both eyes simultaneously, whereas eye infections and other non-allergic eye irritations usually only affect one eye. Symptoms of eye allergy can range from mildly annoying redness to severe inflammation that can impair vision.
For most individuals with eye allergies, symptoms include:
- Excessive tearing
- Puffy eyelids
- Dark circles under the eyes
However, for more serious types of eye allergies, symptoms can also include:
- Production of thick mucus
- Feeling of having something in the eye
- Aversion to light
- Blurred vision
If your symptoms persist, an eye allergy specialist can help you get to the bottom of your symptoms.
Eye Allergy Testing
Eye allergy testing typically begins with a visual examination of your eyes with a microscope. During this test, Dr. Beerelli is looking to see if blood vessels are swollen on the surface of the eye, and she may also scrape a sample from your conjunctiva and test it for white blood cells that are overrepresented in areas of the eye affected by allergies.
Dr. Beerelli may also run other allergy tests, including blood tests and skin tests, to help you better understand your allergies. Taken together, these testing techniques will help Dr. Beerelli develop a personalized treatment plan to help you get relief from your eye allergies.
Eye Allergy Treatment
To prevent allergic reactions to trigger foods, it is important to know the ingredients of all foods you eat. Whether you are buying food from a store or ordering food from a restaurant, always read the food labels and ask about ingredients.
Decongestant Eyedrops: Decongestant eyedrops reduce the redness associated with eye allergies by narrowing the blood vessels in the eye. When using over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops, It’s very important that you follow the instructions on the label. Prolonged use of some eye drops can cause a “rebound” effect that actually makes eye allergy symptoms worse. Decongestant eyedrops are also known to interact poorly with certain conditions like glaucoma.
Mast Cell Stabilizer Eyedrops: Mast cell stabilizer eyedrops can help prevent allergy symptoms if taken prior to allergen exposure. They are safe in adults and in children 3 years and older.
Combination Antihistamine and Mast Cell Stabilizer Eyedrops: These newer eyedrops contain both antihistamine and mast cell stabilizer components, providing symptom relief and prevention.
NSAID Eyedrops: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) eyedrops can help relieve itching.
Corticosteroid Eyedrops: Corticosteroid eyedrops are prescribed for chronic, severe eye allergy symptoms. Corticosteroid eye drops are effective, but can have serious side effects, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and infection. Long-term use of corticosteroid eye drops should be overseen by your allergist to ensure that these risks are appropriately managed.
Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)
 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: https://www.aafa.org/
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