Ocular Allergies & Dry Eye
About Ocular Allergies & Dry Eye
What are Eye Allergies?
What is a Dry Eye Syndrome?
Difference between Eye Allergy & Dry Eye
Frequently asked questions: Ocular Allergies
Answer: Ocular allergy is a response of our body in eye to some foreign material, called allergen
Answer: Ocular allergy is an inborn heightened response of our body to foreign substance (allergen). The sensitivity of an individual to allergen is specific.
Answer: For an individual any substance can act as allergen. It can be dust, mite, pollen or any food item.
Answer: Redness, itching, burning and puffy eyes are common manifestations of ocular allergy
Answer: The best treatment for ocular allergy is to avoid exposure with ocular allergen. Though in real life, it might not be possible. Therefore, in most cases ocular allergy is treated using eye drops, ointments or tablets.
Answer: The duration of treatment may vary with age and type of ocular allergy.
Answer: Yes, some drugs like steroid may cause cataract or glaucoma in predisposed patient on longer usage.
Answer: Never use over the counter available drugs or try to self treat. Always treat your ocular allergy under direct monitoring of your eye doctor.
Frequently asked questions: Dry Eye
Answer: Dry eye is a condition of eye in which tears of eyes are deficient either in quantity or quality.
Answer: Yes, dry eye causes a wide range of symptoms which affects quality of life. In long run this condition may compromise vision or may lead to blindness also.
Answer: Environmental insults, air pollution, changing life styles, diet, systemic diseases like rheumatoid or autoimmune disorders, post-menopausal period in females may lead to dry eye.
Answer: Dry eye may manifest through wide range of symptoms, which may vary in individual case. Generally, dry eye may present with stinging or burning sensation, sensation of something in eye, foreign body sensation, and stringy mucus in eye, heightened sensitivity to light, eye redness, watering from eye or difficulty in night driving.
Answer: Yes, in some cases dry eye can be treated. In other cases only the symptoms are controlled clinically.
Answer: Dry eye is treated using eye drops. Depending upon type and severity of dry eye, eye drops are selected for individual patient.
Answer: Symptoms may temporarily control with OTC drugs, but disease might not be treated.
Answer: In some case, depending upon individual case’s history and medical condition some evaluation may require specific tests.