Eye Allergies

Our Eye Doctor in Culpeper, VA
Can Help You Cope With Eye Allergies

Have eye allergies become a depressing, debilitating part of your everyday life? Many people suffer from itchy, red, swollen, watery eyes on a constant or recurring basis. These symptoms aren't just uncomfortable; they can reduce your vision and distract your attention to a dangerous degree, especially when driving. You need to get this problem under control and Eye Care of Virginia can help. Our eye doctor in Culpeper, VA can confirm an eye allergy and prescribe the appropriate treatments to minimize it.

Man with eye allergies, rubbing his eyes.

Eye Allergy Symptoms and Triggers

Allergic reactions, in which the immune pumps out a large amount of histamine in an exaggerated response to a perceived threat, can afflict many parts of the body, including the skin, the digestive system, the respiratory system and, unfortunately, the eyes. But you might not recognize the telltale symptoms at first, if only because they can easily be mistaken for symptoms of a cold, general irritation, dry eye or another ailment. Typical symptoms include watery, itchy, or burning eyes. More serious allergic reactions can produce a condition called allergic conjunctivitis. In addition to the other symptoms already noted, this inflammatory condition gives the eye a characteristic red or pink coloration (hence the nickname "pinkeye"), as well as swelling and discharge.

Identifying your allergy triggers can also prove challenging, especially if you live in a region notorious for multiple allergens and allergy seasons. But outdoor tree and grass pollens aren't the only cause of eye allergies. Triggers such as pet dander, airborne smoke or other pollutants, perfumes, mold spores and skin mites can plague your eyes all year round. Some people are even sensitive to the proteins that collect on contact lenses, making them vulnerable to yet another variant of conjunctivitis called giant papillary conjunctivitis.

Soothing Remedies and Preventative Strategies from Our Optometrist

Bring your runny, itchy, swollen eyes to Eye Care of Virginia for an accurate diagnosis of your condition and prompt, effective care from our optometrist, Dr. Press. We can determine whether your symptoms are being caused by an allergy or some other condition that requires its own treatment. If you seem to be suffering from a seasonal allergy, we may recommend that you undergo allergy testing so you can find out exactly which pollens you need to avoid. If your symptoms started when you began wearing standard soft or extended-wear contact lenses, you may want to switch you over to gas permeable or single-use disposable contacts so your eyes will experience less exposure to accumulated proteins. To ease your immediate discomfort, we can provide:

  • Artificial tears to help clear allergens out of the eyes
  • Medicated eye drops for occasional attacks of acute inflammation
  • Antihistamines to reduce swelling, itching, and inflammation
  • Lifestyle adjustments to reduce exposure to pet dander and other indoor/outdoor allergens

Need an Eye Doctor Near Culpeper to Treat Your Allergies?

You don't to "just live with" eye allergies that interfere with your vision, comfort, and quality of life. If you've been looking for an eye doctor near Culpeper who can help free you from this burden, turn our eyes toward Eye Care of Virginia. Contact either of our locations for a consultation, evaluation, and treatment from our optometrist!

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Culpeper Office

Monday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

Closed

Saturday:

10:00 am-3:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

King George Office

Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

Closed

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

10:00 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

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Testimonials

Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S