Allergies

Because eye allergies are very common, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Borstad would like to share with you some background information regarding eye allergies. Symptoms of allergies may include red, watery and itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed nose, sneezing, sinus pressure, a sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightening, and in severe cases, an asthma attack.

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects known as allergens. Although there are many potential allergens, eye allergies are most commonly caused by pollen, dust, and pet dander. Food allergies and allergic reactions to insect venom typically do not affect the eyes as severely as airborne allergens. Watch the video for more information on eye allergies.

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects called allergens. Most people will suffer from at least one allergic reaction at some point in their life.

The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, insect venom, and food.

Symptoms may include:

  • red, watery, itchy eyes
  • running or stuffy nose
  • sneezing
  • sinus pressure
  • sore throat
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightening
  • in sever cases an asthma attack can occur

While there is no cure, there are ways to prevent or relieve allergy symptoms such as avoiding specific allergens, taking medication, or immunotherapy.

March 23rd, 2020

Belleview Eye Associates is committed to providing excellent care to our patients, and in doing so we plan to implement the standards of care outlined by the CDC and the Colorado Optometric Association in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. We plan on reviewing and treating emergency cases only through Friday April 10.

If you feel you are experiencing an eye emergency you can call our office at 303-979-3937 or contact our emergency partner, Omni Eye Associates at 303-377-2020.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding and we look forward to taking care of all your eyewear needs as soon as possible.