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Fall Can Bring an Increase in Eye Allergies, Warns Colorado Eye Docs

DENVER, Oct. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With fall well under way in Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Eye Docs say seasonal eye allergies symptoms are also on the rise. Seasonal eye allergies are typically triggered by ragweed pollen in the late summer and early fall. Symptoms may persist until the first hard frost, warns Denver eye doctor Dr. John Bryant. Dr. Bryant recommends eye drops to relieve ocular allergy symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes and watery eyes.

For Denver and Aurora residents suffering from eye allergy symptoms, relief may come in the form of medicated eye drops, says the team at Colorado Eye Docs. The practice says it has already noted a seasonal increase in patients seeking treatment for allergy-related eye problems, including redness and itching. The eye care practitioners recommend medicated eye drops for managing these symptoms.

“Approximately 20% of the population suffers from an allergic condition that can cause allergic conjunctivitis,” said Denver optometrist Dr. John Bryant. “The resulting allergic reaction may be red, itchy, watery, or swollen eyes. While symptoms can vary depending on the patient, the good news is that eye drops may be able to help relieve much of this discomfort.”

Eye allergies, also known as ocular allergies, affect the clear mucous membrane overlaying the eye, which is similar to the mucous membrane layer inside the surface of the nose. These similarities are why we experience allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and red, itchy eyes.

There are two main types of eye allergies: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC). Both SAC and PAC are triggered by the immune system’s reaction to an allergen. The primary difference between SAC and PAC is the timing of the reaction, says Dr. Jason Guilford, optometrist at Colorado Eye Docs.

“In patients with seasonal allergies, symptoms are typically triggered by seasonal pollen changes,” said Dr. Guilford. “Here in Colorado, for example, we see an increase in symptoms in the spring from tree pollen, grasses in the summer, and weeds in the early fall. For patients with year-round allergies, the cause is likely to be an indoor trigger, like mold.”

Eye allergy treatment includes reducing allergen exposure and managing symptom side effects. Most eye drops are used once or twice daily to prevent and manage eye allergy symptoms, says the practice.

“Eye drops can help patients who are experiencing discomfort,” said Dr. Guilford. “Our treatment goal is to minimize patient discomfort, especially for our patients who wear contacts.”

With more than 67 years of combined experience, the optometrists at Colorado Eye Docs provide comprehensive eye care services including care for dry eye and eye allergies, contact lenses, refractive surgery, LASIK consultation, corneal refractive therapy, specialty contact lenses, vision therapy and pediatric eye care. Colorado Eye Docs has two locations serving Lowry and Ponderosa, Colorado. For more information, visit http://coloradoeyedocs.com.

Colorado Eye Docs, (720) 636-9564

Source: Colorado Eye Docs