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Ocular Allergies: Finally there is Relief

ocular-allergiesAllergies are one of the most common diseases experienced by Americans. In fact, as many as 85 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies.

Airborne allergens and other particles can land directly on the surface of the eye, causing irritation and redness. Although tears constantly wash the eyes, they can’t always keep out allergens like pollen or pet dander.

Those who have ocular allergies know that they are a major source of discomfort. They can contribute to eye dryness and other eye discomforts, such as itching, redness, swelling and watering. But beyond being annoying, ocular allergies may be very disabling. Allergic symptoms often interfere with everyday activities, such as reading, working on a computer, driving and wearing contact lenses.

ocular-allergies-symptomsAllergic eye symptoms may be seasonal, usually in the late spring or fall when pollen counts are the highest. This is common in persons with allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eczema or hay fever. Up to 80% of hay fever patients may have allergic eye conditions.

Ocular allergy occurs when histamine is released from mast cells. The symptoms include burning, itching, and watery discharge that is often white, thick and ropey. These symptoms are often accompanied by nasal discharge and other allergic symptoms.

ocular-allergies-reliefAllergies can’t be cured, but they can be alleviated to a large extent. For itchy allergy eyes, eye drops work faster than tablets and don’t overmedicate by treating symptoms you don’t have. Ask our doctors at Vision Care Consultants about which fast-acting eye drop for itchy eyes that will work best for you.



Eyecare services are currently available for you, your children and family. However, please consult our Google Business page or call us for our current hours of operation. We want to advise you about the procedures and efforts that we are making to address the challenges regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus. (Read more)

Our efforts you can expect at our practice:

  • Staggered appointment times with minimal to no wait times in our reception area. Patients may also check in and wait outside in their cars to be called in for exam.
  • Following guidelines based upon medical evidence and closely monitoring the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Educating our doctors and staff on preventative measures provided by the CDC with daily staff meeting updates.
  • Increasing the frequency and extent of our cleaning practices, such as additional wipe downs of all hard surfaces including the front desk, examination rooms after every exam and additional cleaning for all “patient touch points” (door handles, eyeglasses, counter tops, and other high-touch surfaces).
  • Providing additional resources that are available to patients and employees including hand sanitizers, extra soap and paper towels at all sinks and restrooms.
  • Implementing heightened sanitation and hand-washing procedures for all staff.


  • Only bring scheduled patients to the office (1-Accompanied adult per minor or elderly patient).

  • If you recently traveled to any of the high risk countries within the past 30 days, please, delay & reschedule your appointment for 30 days after you returned from your travel.

  • If you have any flu-like symptoms (fever, chills body aches, & trouble breathing), please, delay your appointment for 30 days.

  • If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, and you arrive at our office, we will kindly ask you to leave & reschedule your appointment

  • Please notify us as soon as possible if you need to reschedule your appointment. This allows us to release your reserved time to another patient.

With appropriate precautions we will together address this challenge and modify behaviors that will make us better prepared to face such challenges in the future. Thank you for your cooperation.


Dr. Brawley, Dr. Friederich, Dr. Seibel, Dr. Wehner & Staff at Vision Care Consultants