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woman holding eyeIs It Eye Allergies or Dry Eyes?

Eye Allergy and Dry Eye symptoms tend to be very similar. They both include redness, itchiness, tearing, and a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes.

 

Is it really an allergic reaction, or could it be Dry Eyes? Before running to the pharmacy for some antihistamines, it would be worth digging into the cause of these reactions in order to assure that you’re choosing the right treatment option.

If you’ve been using artificial tears, prescription allergy medication, or other over the counter medicine to relieve the itchy, dry feeling, but see no improvement— it may be worth visiting the The Dry Eye Center At Eye Trends and speaking with Our doctors, who can provide a diagnosis and solution for your condition.

What’s the Difference Between Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes?

Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when the eyes react to elements that irritate them (allergens). One can develop eye allergies from pet dander, dust, pollen, smoke, perfumes, or even certain foods. To fight off the allergen, the eyes produce a substance called histamine, which causes the eyelids to become red, swollen and itchy — and at times to tear and burn. Those with eye allergies tend to experience nasal allergies as well, which include an itchy, stuffy nose, along with frequent sneezing.

People with Dry Eyes suffer from eyes that feel dry, itchy, swollen, irritated, and at times very painful. Dry eye syndrome can be developed as a result of genetics, age, environment, lifestyle, medications, and the overall health of your eyes. When one has dry eyes, the eyes are either not producing enough tears to keep your eye lubricated, or the tears are not composed of the correct balance of water, lipids, and mucous to maintain proper lubrication.

How Are Eye Allergies and Dry Eyes Treated?

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Eye allergies can be treated using artificial tears, medicated eye drops, decongestants, antihistamines, or anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on your specific case, Our doctors may recommend a combination of treatments.

However, if it is determined that you have dry eyes, Our doctors may suggest artificial tears or lubricant eye drops to alleviate the discomfort, and in some cases, may even prescribe drops or steroids. For patients with more acute cases of dry eyes, the doctor might suggest alternative treatment options, such as LipiFlow, True Tear, TearCare or scleral lenses.

If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, speak with , who will examine and thoroughly assess the source of these reactions, determine whether they are caused by allergies or Dry Eyes, and provide the right treatment. 

The The Dry Eye Center At Eye Trends services patients from Houston, Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, and throughout Texas.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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Amber Draper, Manager

As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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At Eye-Trends, our primary concern is always the health and safety of our patients and our staff. Based on current local mandates, as well as state and federal guidelines, we are making necessary changes to our operations. We are consolidating operations to our Conroe and Woodlands area offices.

Please be aware of the following changes:

- Hours of operation for The Woodlands and Conroe offices are: Monday – Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.
- We are now doing curbside pickup for glasses and contacts, once at the store please call for curbside assistance.
- We are only seeing medical eye emergencies (see below).
- We can direct ship your contacts to your home with free shipping in most cases. Please call us for more info.

For all other inquiries, including the status of glasses and contacts, please call our offices.

*For all other emergencies or if you are unable to reach us, please call 911, your primary care physician or go to the local emergency room.

Our Conroe office number: 936-441-3937
Our Woodlands office number: 281-363-2020
>> If you are having an eye emergency and are in or near the Conroe area, please call Dr. Douglas Inns: (281) 772-5552.
>> If you are having an eye emergency and are in or near The Woodlands area, please call Dr. Michael Toups: (281) 772-5551.

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To Our Patients:

Eye Trends’ primary concern is always the health and safety of our patients and our staff. Based on current local mandates, as well as state and federal guidelines, we are making necessary changes to our operations.

We are consolidating operations to our Conroe and Woodlands area offices.

Please be aware of the following changes:

– Hours of operation for The Woodlands and Conroe offices are: Monday – Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm.

– We are now doing curbside pickup for glasses and contacts, once at the store please call for curbside assistance.

– We are only seeing medical eye emergencies (see below). For all other inquiries, including status of glasses and contacts, please call our offices.

– We can direct ship your contacts to your home with free shipping in most cases. Please call us for more info.

*For all other emergencies or if you are unable to reach us, please call 911, your primary care physician or go to the local emergency room.

Our Conroe office number: 936-441-3937

Our Woodlands office number: 281-363-2020

>> If you are having an eye emergency and are in or near the Conroe area, please call Dr. Douglas Inns: (281) 772-5552.

>> If you are having an eye emergency and are in or near The Woodlands area, please call Dr. Michael Toups: (281) 772-5551.