Ocular allergies
Mar 24, 2008
Patrick Ayres, OD, PC

Q: My eyes are feeling red and itchy.  Do I have allergies?
A: Ocular allergies are very common this time of year in Central Oregon.  Juniper tree pollen peaks for about 6 weeks between late-March and mid-May and can cause red, itchy, swollen eyes.  Unfortunately, so can other eye conditions.  It is best to be seen by an eye care professional to rule out an infection or other serious condition before starting treatment, which may include oral anti-histamine medication and topical drops that block the inflammatory pathway to provide 24 hour protection against symptoms.  Over the counter allergy eye drops can be effective in mild cases, but some contain preservatives that actually worsen the symptoms.  Most eye doctors can bill medical insurance for an appointment related to red, irritated eyes Ė it isnít necessary to have vision insurance.

Service with pride
Eye Examinations
For Children
Prescription Lenses
Contact Lenses
LASIK Surgery
Nutrition and Eye Disease
Sports Vision
Eye Disease and Treatment
Optical Shop
Mens Frames
Women's Frames
Kid's Frames
Patient Forms
News and Events
About Us
Riverbend Eyecare
Contact Us
Contact Us
Request Contacts
Site Map

  2018 Riverbend Eyecare
Website Design by James Web Design LLC
143 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive, Suite 101, Bend, Oregon 97702 (541)317-9747