Spring Allergies and Puffy Eyes – What can you do?

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Spring is here, the birds are singing, flowers are blooming and, unfortunately, your eyes may be itching. Allergy season is now in full swing in Southern Arizona. Every spring thousands of people suffer from a wide range of symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing and coughing, but the eyes, in particular, can be especially sensitive to allergens.

The skin around the eyelids are particularly sensitive to allergens, which can result in red and puffy eyelids. The whites of the eyes can swell giving a person a glassy-eyed look. The eyes may water excessively and can discharge mucous. Finally, the primary symptom of ocular allergies is itching.

So, if you are suffering from these symptoms what can you do about it?

There some very effective medications that are specifically designed for the eyes, which are much more effective than general over the counter allergy pills. First of all what makes them more effective is that they come in the form of drops which you can apply directly to the eye. Secondly, some of the newer prescription drops not only treat the allergic reaction once it has already happened but can also prevent it from happening in the first place. So if you can start with these drops before the allergy season even starts you may be able to avoid the discomfort associated with allergies in the first place.

In summary, there’s no need to suffer with allergies this spring in silence; allergies can be treated and sometimes even prevented.

Kids and Eye Exams

Tucson Optometry Clinic offers eye exams for children starting at the age of 4. We recommend eye exams when children are young because it helps with their many skills needed for school when learning and growth.  Impaired vision can affecVDSMedia300_03C06409t a child’s eye/hand coordination. We examine their near & distance vision, focusing skills, peripheral, eye movement and teaming. Some states require an eye exam before beginning school. You can visit the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus website for state by state codes.

Our knowledgeable staff has experience with children and their eye exams. Keeping their comfort level is our highest priority. Please call our office with any questions and we would be happy to setup an appointment for you.