Finding the Solution
These two conditions can be similar in many ways. The aggravation that the pollen or other allergen causes in the eyes will lead to inflammation, tearing, and itching. We see this all the time, especially during pollen-heavy times of the year, or in the presence of a new pet. But other times, dry eye disease may be the culprit — in fact, in contrast to its name, dry eye disease can sometimes cause excessive tearing if your tears are poor quality. Allergies can also make dry eye disease worse if they occur at the same time.
There are several solutions to both dry eye disease and allergies, many of which are similar. But their effectiveness is dependent upon finding the core causes of your issues and handling them at the source, which can only be done by a trained physician.
At Buffalo Ophthalmology, all of our doctors can help you with general dry eye cases. We are fortunate to have our dry eye expert, Asha Kumar, M.D., who can complete a thorough assessment to determine the root cause of your dry eyes. Depending on the cause and severity of your dry eye disease, Dr. Kumar will determine which of our advanced dry eye treatments are right for you. These could include medicated eye drops, amniotic membranes, gland activation, serum tears, and more.