Dry eye and allergies feel a lot alike, but their treatments are different.
Dry eye and allergies can make life miserable. While the symptoms of dry eye and allergies are very similar, they require different treatments. The doctors at Eye Care Associates in Poland, Warren, or Youngstown, OH, can make the diagnosis that gets you the treatment you need.
Dry eye is a condition caused by abnormal secretion of tears.
The overwhelming majority of people who suffer from dry eye have a condition known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, which limits the eye's ability to produce naturally lubricating tears. Ironically, dry eye can cause the eyes to water more frequently than usual. They just don't make tears with the lubricating fluids the eyes need to stay irritation-free.
Taking an allergy pill won't solve dry eye problems. Simply irrigating the eye with water won't work, either. Most cases of dry eye require tear replacement with specially made ophthalmic solutions for treating the condition.
Eye allergies are caused by an external trigger.
The symptoms of eye allergies overlap with the symptoms of dry eye disease. Your eyes may become bloodshot. You may be sensitive to bright lights. You may have difficulty focusing, and your eyes may fill with tears. Eye allergies are more likely to feel itchy than eyes suffering dry eye disease, but sometimes itchiness is not a prominent symptom of eye allergies.
It's always a good idea to get your eyes checked out when you think you may have dry eye or eye allergies.
The symptoms of dry eye and eye allergies aren't just similar to each other. They are also similar to several other common eye diseases.
What seems to be dry eye or eye allergies may actually be a bacterial infection. Dry eye and eye allergies manifest themselves in many of the same ways as giant papillary-, allergic-, bacterial-, and viral conjunctivitis, as well as vernal and atopic keratoconjunctivitis.
Our doctors can make an accurate diagnosis that makes sure you are getting treatment for the condition you have. Don't risk your eye health with self-diagnosis. A quick visit to Eye Care Associates can make a huge difference in your comfort and your sight.