Eye Allergies Specialist

Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery

Optometrist located in Albuquerque, NM

Ocular allergies, or eye allergies, may affect nearly 40% of Americans. Eye allergies can lead to discomfort, irritation, and embarrassing redness. At Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, expert optometric physician and optometrist Dr. Puneet Rastogi, and his team offer eye allergy solutions to improve your symptoms and quality of life. Request an appointment with Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery online, or over the phone to learn more about your treatment options.

Eye Allergies Q & A

What are eye allergies?

Eye allergies are often associated with seasonal allergies, which can also cause sneezing, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and coughing. Symptoms of eye allergies include:

  • Redness
  • Watery discharge
  • Burning 
  • Itching
  • Discomfort
  • Light aversion
  • A feeling of having something in your eye

Eye allergies can range in severity from mild to severe. If you suffer from chronic eye allergy symptoms, see the Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery team for an evaluation.

What causes eye allergies?

Eye allergies occur when your body is sensitive to certain allergens that aren’t problematic in most other people. Allergies can develop with exposure to:

  • Pollen
  • Pet dander 
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Perfume
  • Diesel exhaust

An allergist can conduct a series of tests, such as skin prick tests, to determine what you’re allergic to. To confirm your diagnosis and find a treatment that’s right for you, your optometrist reviews your medical history and completes a comprehensive eye examination. 

They also complete vision tests to determine if you require glasses, contact lenses, or laser vision correction to restore your vision.

How are eye allergies treated?

To reduce eye allergy symptoms, your Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery specialist might recommend:

Allergy trigger avoidance

Avoid allergy triggers by keeping indoor air clean. Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier in your home, keep your house clean, wash your hands after you pet animals, and wear protective sunglasses outdoors.


Certain medications can relieve redness, itching, and other eye allergy symptoms. Examples include artificial tears, decongestant eye drops, and oral allergy medications.

Allergy shots

Allergy shots help your body develop immunity to allergens, and reduce eye and other allergy symptoms. An allergist injects tiny amounts of allergens into your body, and gradually increases your dosage over time to desensitize you to the substance.

Your optometrist works with you to develop an eye allergy treatment plan that’s right for you. They might combine more than one treatment to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

Don’t let itchy, watery, red eyes reduce your quality of life or make you feel embarrassed. Request an eye exam with Iris Eye Care & Contact Lens Gallery over the phone or online to find an eye allergy treatment that’s right for you.