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Posted on 01-13-2017

Is It Dry Eye or Is It Allergies?

man itching his eyes and is not sure if it is dry eyes or allergies so he plans on going to Knightdale Eyecare

Both dry eye and eye allergies make you miserable, and may pose a risk to your eye health. Only an expert, like our optometrist in Knightdale, can determine for certain whether you're suffering from either one (or both) of these conditions. Your Knightdale optometrist will examine your eyes, take your medical history and ask about other symptoms you may be feeling.

Often, your activities just before eye symptoms occur help us determine whether you suffer from allergies or dry eyes in Knightdale. Your medical history also provides clues, as does the duration and frequency of symptoms. So don't hazard a guess--preserve your vision by visiting your Knightdale optometry practice for evaluation if symptoms appear.

Our Knightdale Optometrist Compares Dry Eye and Allergies

Common Causes of Dry Eye Disease

A reminder of the risk factors for dry eye disease, from your optometrist in Knightdale Eyecare:

  • Medication side effects
  • Thyroid disease
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Menopause hormonal changes
  • Dry air
  • Wind
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke in the air (tobacco, fire or cooking smoke)

Dry Eye Symptoms

These symptoms occur often, or are continuous:

  • Feeling of dust or foreign object in your eye (gritty sensation)
  • Burning feeling in the eyes
  • Sticky substance at the corner of your eyes
  • Periods of watering eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Eyelids feel heavy

Common Causes of Eye Allergy

Allergy triggers vary from person to person, according to our Knightdale optometrist, and may include:

  • Exposure to dust or mold
  • Pollen exposure (possible seasonal allergies)
  • Pet dander
  • Dust mites 

Eye Allergy Symptoms 

Find out for certain if you have allergies and/or dry eye in Knightdale, by seeing our optometrist. The following signs may indicate eye allergy, especially if symptoms typically occur or worsen in spring, fall or after exposure to allergy triggers: 

  • Itchy eyes (main symptom)
  • Stinging eyes
  • Excess tearing/watering eyes
  • Runny nose or congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Irritated throat
  • Dark circles
  • Red eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Swollen eyelids

Contact Us at Knightdale Eyecare Today

If you have symptoms of either dry eye or allergies, visit your Knightdale optometry clinic for proper diagnosis and treatment. Call Knightdale Eyecare at 919-266-2048 today!

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