Allergies can affect as much as 30% of the U.S. population, and often, allergies can impact a variety of eye conditions. Because of this, Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun offer allergy testing to patients who may be affected.
No longer does a patient have to go to a separate physician to determine if an allergy may be having an impact on his or her vision. Allergy testing is a simple process, and determining whether or not ocular allergies are present.
Could You Have Allergies That Affect Your Eyes?
Allergies can be the root cause behind a number of Ocular Surface Disease (OSD) conditions. These can include floaters, dry eyes, burning, itching, scratchiness, and other complaints.
Allergic eye reactions can affect a patient’s ability to read, use a computer, wear contact lenses, or enjoy leisure activities. If you are experiencing any of them symptoms, please advise us. Allergy testing may help determine the cause.
It’s also important for patients to tell us if they are taking medications for allergies—both prescription and over-the-counter. These may have an effect on eye conditions.
How Ocular Allergies Are Treated?
To determine if an allergy may be causing an eye condition, we perform an allergy test. Different substances that can trigger allergic reactions are placed on the patient’s forearms to see if there is a skin reaction. The process is simple and fast—it usually only takes about a half an hour from start to finish.
To do the test, a technician uses a plastic roller to slightly scratch the skin and apply potential allergens. Any discomfort is minimal. Some people may barely notice it at all. Once the allergens have been applied, the patient waits about 15 minutes, reading or watching TV. After the waiting period, the doctor checks to see if there has been skin irritation at the point of contact. This indicates that the patient may be allergic to a particular substance. With this knowledge, the doctor may prescribe a medication to help alleviate allergy symptoms, or give the patient guidance on how to avoid coming into contact with the allergen.
Unlike the tests conducted by allergists, which typically focus on food allergies, our testing uses the substances that are most likely to cause ocular allergies. Even if someone has been tested for food allergies, our test may help determine if there’s another cause behind an eye condition.
If you believe you vision may be affected by an allergy, contact our office for an appointment. Call (865) 584-0905 to schedule an appointment.