The weather changes related to El Nino have definitely given us an unusual winter, early spring and almost summer feel to Austin. At Mann Eye Institute, we see patients with all forms of eye allergies on a daily basis. The most common allergy symptoms affecting your eyes include redness, itching, swelling and watering. These symptoms typically affect both eyes.
There are multiple treatments available for eye allergies. We typically prescribe a combination of allergy drops which attack the immune response at its source, and block further allergic responses. Some over-the-counter remedies work well. Oral medications are beneficial with a caveat: all allergy medications decrease sinus discomfort and symptoms, but cause dryness of the eye, mouth, and nose as a side effect.
Though this increased dryness may look and feel similar to allergies, it requires different treatment, such as prescription eye drops formulated specifically to treat eye allergies in combination with lubricating artificial tears.
At Mann Eye Institute, our doctors are well aware of the best treatment options available to treat eye allergies in Austin today (in fact we ourselves sometimes suffer from the cedar and oak). Please call our office today at our Barton Creek or Arboretum locations and let us help you survive the Austin spring.