Allergies Specialist

Sponsel Eye Experts

Ophthalmology & General Optometry located in San Antonio, TX

If chronic eye allergies leave your eyes itchy and watery, you can find relief with the help of the team at Sponsel Eye Experts. At the San Antonio, Texas, ophthalmology office, the professionals provide comprehensive eye exams to ensure your symptoms relate to eye allergies. The team tailors a treatment plan to reduce itching and redness and keep your vision crystal clear. To schedule an exam for eye allergies, call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, or book a consultation online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are eye allergies?

Eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis) develop when your eyes react to irritants in your environment. Allergies are a natural immune system response to substances like:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Perfumes
  • Chemicals

When you come into contact with an allergen, your eyes produce histamine, a substance to fight it off. Histamine triggers symptoms like itching, swelling, and eye redness.  You might also experience excessive tearing and burning in your eyes.

If you have nasal allergies, you might be at increased risk for having eye allergies. While both conditions are usually temporary and relate to the change of seasons, your allergy symptoms might be severe enough to interfere with your comfort and quality of life.

When should I seek treatment for eye allergies?

Many people find relief of eye allergy symptoms using over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants. 

However, the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, recommends scheduling a diagnostic evaluation if you have persistent symptoms of eye allergies that you can’t treat on your own, or if your symptoms worsen even with treatment.

During a comprehensive eye exam, the team can ensure your symptoms relate to allergies and not an infection or other more serious condition.

The ophthalmology team can also test your eye for specific allergies. They gently scrape the white part of your eye to test for a specific type of white blood cell that can indicate an allergy.

How are eye allergies treated?

One of the main things you can do to prevent eye allergy attacks is to avoid known allergens and irritants. This means you might need to stay indoors during certain times of the day when pollen counts are high.

You can also wear sunglasses and eyeglasses instead of contacts to keep environmental irritants out of your eyes.

Treatment options that the team at Sponsel Eye Experts, might recommend include:

  • Artificial tears
  • Nasal sprays
  • Allergy medications
  • Corticosteroids

In some cases, immunotherapy shots can reduce your body’s reaction to certain allergens. Your ophthalmologist can work with your primary care provider to determine if you’re a candidate for immunotherapy.

To find relief from chronic eye allergy symptoms, call the office of Sponsel Eye Experts, or book a consultation online today.