Archive for the ‘Allergy’ Category

Eyes Water?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Watery eyes are an annoying symptom commonly caused by allergies or dry eye.

Although the symptom is the same, the cause is very different. With allergies, allergens such as pollen, mold, dander, or dust cause the release of histamine which in turn produces itchy, red, watery eyes.  Dry eye, on the other hand, is caused by poor tear film stability which triggers the eyes to make reflex, watery tears.  Poor tear film stability can be caused by many factors such as advancing age, tear gland problems, systemic disease, and certain medications.

Allergies or dry eye rarely cause serious problems.  The symptoms however can overlap with more serious infections and inflammatory conditions that can seriously affect vision so an examination with your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment is recommended.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

What Causes Spring Allergies

Monday, May 9th, 2011


Nearly 25% of the population is affected by allergies and as the temperatures begin to rise so do spring allergy complaints.  Itchy, watery, swollen, and red eyes are the typical signs and symptoms from those who suffer.  The two most common causes of outdoor spring allergies are:

1.  Tree Pollen

The worst tree pollen is very light and can travel long distances, not the heavy yellow variety of pine trees.  Some of the common offenders are Maple, Oak, Elm, and Cedar.

2.  Mold

Collects on the surface of grass and leftover fall leaves.

Interested in spring allergy relief?  Schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Gray Family Vision today.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.