For some, the allergies are more troubling than dangerous and cause difficulty wearing contact lenses. For others, vision can become impaired
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012
Spring is just around the corner and for many, spring includes flare-ups of allergies resulting in the troubling symptoms of runny noses and itchy, watery eyes. The most common causes of allergies are seasonal and a result of exposure to pollens and molds which trigger a chain reaction on the immune system. “ For some, the allergies are more troubling than dangerous and cause difficulty wearing contact lenses. For others, vision can become impaired,” said Dr. Sandy T. Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center.
Seasonal allergies are bothersome and can create participating in sports tough, along with disruptive sleep and clear concentration during the day.1 While allergens may be indoors and outside, many forget that eye make up and cosmetics can also be offending agents.2 Touching or rubbing the eyes after handling soaps, detergents, and nail polish can also cause eye allergies.2 Even, preservatives used in many eyedrops can add to the cause of eye related allergies.
“Seek care from an eye doctor and obtain an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Avoid self medicating as taking antihistamines may make the runny nose better but the eye symptoms worse by reducing tears.1 Reduce contact lens wearing time and consider switching to daily disposable lenses. Do not rub the eyes as this may worsen the symptoms. Avoid using make up and skin creams near the eyes. Consider the popular prescription medicine used to treat dry eyes, topical cyclosporine,” stated Dr. Feldman. A new study published demonstrated fewer recurrences in a particular type of allergic eye condition.”3
1. Fifth annual American Eye-Q survey.
3. Lambiase et al, Topical cyclosporine prevents vernal keratoconjunctivitis flare-ups. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2011
As a leader in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Feldman has participated in FDA clinical studies of custom LASIK. Currently, she is involved in studies of a new treatment to halt the progression of keratoconus, a disease in which the fitting of contact lenses can become challenging. In 2009, she was one of ten laser eye care providers in the U.S. to receive the Goldline Award as seen Forbes Magazine. In 2010, she was awarded the Silver Elite RealSelf award, and in 2011, she was awarded Top Doc San Diego, inducted into the prestigious American College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was one of nation’s 15 leading laser eye surgeons as seen in Newsweek magazine. Dr. Feldman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.