Allergies

Eye Allergies

Allergies come in many different forms. People may experience hives or rashes from various foods or plants, sneezing from dust or pollen, and itchy eyes from dander. Of course, triggers and symptoms are different for everyone. There are some things that are important to know and to do to avoid or treat symptoms when possible. This is true for eye allergies as much as any other kind of seasonal or indoor allergy.

Around 50 million people in the United States have some form of seasonal allergies. When you add in people who have indoor allergies to things like dogs, cats, dust, and mold, the potential for suffering from eye allergy symptoms is high.

Talk to us if you are one of the 30% of adults or if your child is one of the 40% of children who suffer from allergies. We can talk about avoiding triggers, testing, how to get possible relief, and treatment options. Allergies can disrupt your quality of life and make it impossible to do activities you usually love. Don’t suffer through the discomfort! We can help.

Watch our video on eye allergies and talk to [DOCTOR NAME] if you’d like to learn more.

Eye Allergies

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects called allergens. Most people will suffer from at least one allergic reaction at some point in their life.
The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, insect venom, and food.

Eye allergy symptoms may include:

  • red, watery, itchy eyes
  • running or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sinus pressure
  • sore throat
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightening
  • in severe cases an asthma attack can occur

While there is no cure, there are ways to prevent or relieve allergy symptoms such as avoiding specific allergens, taking medication, or immunotherapy.

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To our patients,

The safety and well-being of our employees and our patients is always our priority, and we recognize the important role we play in providing comprehensive eye care throughout the Des Moines area. Given the continued spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) within our community and throughout our nation, we are taking extensive measures to prevent any further spread of the virus. We are constantly monitoring this pandemic and will continue to look for recommendations from the American Optometric Association as well as our local Iowa branch.

To minimize risk of COVID-19 transmission, we are asking any patients with any cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, sneezing, or fever), have traveled outside of the United States, or believe to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to reschedule their appointments. Hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation are still the best ways to prevent this virus from spreading more widely. We are committed to providing the best care to you and will continue to give you the best guidance we can.

We appreciate everyone's cooperation during this time and ask for your understanding if you are someone who is asked to reschedule your appointment to a later time.

Thank you again and be well!