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OPTOMETRIST What causes allergies? SEIDENBERG PROTZKO Certain pollens, which are in high counts during sp EYE ASSOCIATES and fall months, are the major culprits for seasonal allergies. Individuals who are sensitive to these pollens or other allergens develop an immune response where histamine Bel Air: 443-643-4500 and other inflammatory mediators are released. This results Chestertown: 410-778-1150 in sneezing, nasal congestion, itching and asthma. Elkton: 410-620-3600 What are the symptoms of ocular allergies Havre de Grace: 410-939-6477 Locular allergies, a form of "pinkeye" are a common A wwwvisionexperts.com problem in children and adults. Symptoms of eye allergies include marked itching, redness, burning, stinging, tearing and light sensitivity How is it treated? Treatment depends on the severity of exam findings and patient symptoms. In mild cases, cold compresses along with refrigerated artificial tears alleviate symptoms. Topical mast cell stabilizers and anti-histamines prevent certain cells from producing histamine and other in mediators In more severe cases, topical steroids are used to prevent scarring and ulceration from chronic allergies. Additionally skin tests can be performed to identify a specific allergen. Combating allergies can be frustrating for many individuals however, we are fortunate to have multiple therapy options Scott Smear man ailable. Sufferers should feel comforted in knowing that allergy season doesn't have to be spent indoors avoiding O.D., F. A.A.O s and allergens. It's finally time again to enjoy th spring and summer months allergy free

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