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Allergy Testing

In our office, we use a simple skin test to determine exactly what you are allergic to. Dr. Segal was the first ophthalmologist in the country to be approved to use this allergy skin test to treat ocular allergies. The test is usually covered by insurance and the results are read after 15 minutes. Once we identify what you are allergic to we can treat with medication or retrain your body to ignore the allergen. Most patients have heard of allergy shots to treat allergies, but now we can do this with drops placed under the tongue at home. The drops avoid the shots completely and are more convenient for patients. Using the drops may actually cure the allergy, rather than just suppressing the allergy with medication. Being able to identify and treat your specific allergen allows a more effective treatment.

 

Allergy symptoms occur as an irritating reaction to environmental allergens, such as trees and grasses, dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold spores.  The eyes are particularly sensitive to airborne allergies, which cause irritation and discomfort.

 

Millions of people suffer from eye allergies: Children, teens, and adults can be affected.  Many people suffer for years before being tested.  

 

Our immune system keeps us alive by attacking dangerous germs.  An allergy occurs when our immune system attacks a harmless substance, like pollen (an allergen), something it should ignore.  This attack releases chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.  Medication, like antihistamines, mask the symptoms but do not identify the underlying problem.

 

Allergies are extremely common, affecting more than 50 million Americans.  In addition, approximately 40% of adults or 24 million people have reported some form of eye allergies.  Our in-office testing is FDA approved, and is region specific.  

 

Once the allergens have been identified, Dr. Segal can recommend a customized treatment plan that can improve your symptoms and quality of life.

 

Do you suffer from any of the following allergy related symptoms:

- Itchy Eyes

- Red/Bloodshot Eyes

- Watery Eyes

- Swollen Eyes

- Dark Circles under Eyes

- Congestion

- Runny Nose

- Itchy Skin

- Flaky/Red Skin

- Asthma