Dry Eyes, Red Eyes & Allergies Specialist

Lifetime Eyecare Optometry

Yvonne Weisz, OD

Optometrist located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

If you’re experiencing dry, red, or itchy eyes, allergies could be the cause. Eye discomfort can negatively impact your quality of life, making it harder to see and navigate through your everyday tasks. At Lifetime Eyecare Optometry in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Dr. Yvonne Weisz offers a range of treatments for irritated eyes from allergies or other causes. If you’re dealing with these uncomfortable symptoms, call or book online to visit the team.

Dry Eyes, Red Eyes & Allergies

What Causes Dry or Red Eyes?

Dry or red eyes can occur for numerous reasons, the most common being an allergic reaction. Many people experience allergic reactions to irritants on their skin, such as wool or latex, or in the air, such as pollen or smoke.

Contact lenses can also cause dry or red eyes, if they’re worn improperly, for too long, or in a place with a significant amount of smoke in the air.

Other causes of dry or red eyes include infections, lack of sleep, and strain from overuse — such as from long hours staring at a bright computer screen.

Dr. Weisz helps you to get to the root of your eye irritation and devises a custom treatment plan to help you find relief from your symptoms.

What Causes Eye Allergies?

Many factors can cause eye allergies, including:

  • Molds
  • Smoke
  • Plant spores
  • Certain chemical cleaning products
  • Skin- and eye-care products and makeup
  • Hairsprays and certain other cosmetic products

Common symptoms of eye allergies include:

  • Redness
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Excessive dryness
  • Itching and irritation
  • Excessive watering

Some eye allergies are seasonal, offering periods of relief before the allergies are triggered again.

What Treatments are Available for Dry or Red Eyes?

Dr. Weisz can provide an array of treatment methods for dry or red eyes and eye allergies. These may include allergy medications such as drops, rinses, and lubricants to help soothe irritated eyes and flush out allergens. Some oral antihistamines can also be effective.

Some eye drops lubricate your eye and act as artificial tears, while others reduce redness. There are decongestant eye drops that constrict blood vessels to reduce redness.

While over-the-counter drops can reduce symptoms and provide relief, if symptoms persist and drops are required on a regular basis for some time, you should visit Dr. Weisz to rule out any other underlying medical conditions that could cause eye complications.

Be aware of consistently red eyes since they can indicate uveitis or excessive inflammation of the eyes. Such inflammation is a crucial sign of certain diseases such as ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis.

Dr. Weisz will help you to decide on the best treatment option to relieve your irritating symptoms.

Be sure to keep up to date with your regular eye exams to give you the best chance at optimal eye health. Call or book online to visit Dr. Weisz and receive custom, compassionate eye care.