Are your eyes irritated, dry, itching, watering, and uncomfortable? The truth is that chronic dry eyes and allergy symptoms are often similar, which is why many people confuse the two conditions.
But these two eye conditions have very different underlying causes. It’s essential to identify the underlying cause through a diagnosis so you can find an effective treatment plan.
How do you know the root cause of your uncomfortable symptoms? The truth is that patients often have both conditions. An eye doctor can help you get to the root of these issues to uncover why your eyes are bothering you.
Dry eye syndrome happens for two reasons:
Common causes of poor tear production include:
On the other hand, eye allergy symptoms occur when you are exposed to allergens or allergic triggers. This exposure starts an immune response that releases histamine in the body, resulting in allergy symptoms due to inflammation.
Common allergens that can contribute to dry eye symptoms include:
Ironically, some people take allergy medications to reduce eye allergy symptoms – but the medications also decrease tear production, resulting in ongoing dry eye symptoms.
The most notable symptom that differentiates dry eyes from allergies is the level of itching you are experiencing. If your eyes are very itchy, then it’s likely that you are suffering from eye allergies. Also, pay attention to other related allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose and sneezing.
Also, it’s a good idea to talk to an eye doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. Contact us at Temecula Creek Optometry to schedule an appointment: (951) 302 -1331.