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Ocular Allergies

Allergies affect over 20% of the general population and are on the rise in many developed countries. The specific reason for the increasing prevalence of allergies has not been determined; some believe it is due to the effects of pollution in urban areas while others consider that modern lifestyles don't allow for enough childhood exposure to allergens to become acclimated to them.
 
Allergies can take many forms, affecting various organs or tissues. Ocular allergies are among the most
bothersome forms of allergic reaction. The characteristic signs and symptoms of ocular allergies include:
• Itching
• Redness
• Watery eyes
• Swelling of the eyes and eyelids
 

Ocular allergies are often accompanied by allergic rhinitis (nasal symptoms). This is partly due to the fact that the eyes and nose are so closely connected by the tear ducts; substances that enter the eye can then flow downward into the nose. Symptoms include:

• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Congestion
 
Eye allergies are no different than allergies that affect your sinuses, nose or lungs. When an allergen comes in contact with your eyes, your body releases histamine - a chemical produced in reaction to a substance that the immune system can't tolerate. Special cells called mast cells make histamine. These cells are present throughout the body but are highly concentrated in the eyes. Location of allergy symptoms depends somewhat on where the allergen has come into contact with your body. Ocular allergens tend to be airborne (as are most other allergens).
         
The most frequent allergic triggers include:   Some triggers irritate the eyes but are not true allergies:
• Pollen    • Cigarette smoke  
• Pet hair or dander    • Perfume  
• Dust    • Diesel Exhaust  
• Some medicines     
 
 The Eyes' Response To Ocular Allergens

When exposed to these allergens, the response in the eye is nearly immediate:
• First, itching sets in and can become persistent and extremely bothersome if exposure to the allergen is continued.

• Shortly after itching, redness of the eyes follows and can last somewhat longer, as the blood vessels of the eye are slower to recover.

• The swelling of the eyes and eyelids comes to its peak later than the itching, as swelling is also caused by the blood vessels letting fluids out into the tissue around them. Swelling is the sign of ocular allergies slowest to disappear, due to the time it takes for the displaced fluid to be removed.

• The itching can be considered the most uncomfortable symptom, whereas the swelling and redness are most bothersome in terms of appearance.

 
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DR. DANA KINDBERG OPTOMETRY
Dr. Kindberg’s focus is treating your family’s eye care needs, while keeping in mind that the eyes are the windows to a person’s overall health. This allows Dr. Kindberg to look for and monitor signs of diabetes, high blood pressure and other systemic diseases. Dana's expertise, along with her caring and compassionate demeanor, puts her patients at ease while her expertise and knowledge ensure excellent patient care. Dr. Kindberg remains committed to adhering to the clinic’s core value of excellent medical eye care and each patient’s best vision.

We will make every effort to take a complete approach to your eye care. This means that we will take the time to not only understand your eye health and visual needs, but your general health, lifestyle, and dietary habits as well. This is somewhat rare in health care today, but we think you will find it to be a refreshing change.

Schedule your Eye health and Vision appointment today with our experienced eye care providers inside LensCrafters at our Overlake Plaza or Redmond Town Center in our Redmond Washington locations and give your vision the level of care and attention your vision and health deserves.



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