Eye Allergies

Because eye allergies are very common, Dr. Becker, Dr. Moran, and Dr. Nielubowicz would like to share with you some background information regarding eye allergies.

An allergy is an overreaction by the immune system by normally harmless subjects called allergens. Most people will suffer from at least one allergic reaction at some point in their life.

The most common allergens are pollen, dust mites, pet dander, insect venom and food. When a person encounters an allergen for the first time the immune system mistakenly believes the allergen is a threat and responds by producing anti-bodies to fight them.

These allergic reactions occur because the body produces white blood cells, which bind together to create mast cells. When the body is re-exposed to the same allergen, the mast cell releases chemicals to fight the allergen and protect the body. This results in an allergic response, which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous.

Symptoms may include red, watery and itchy eyes, a runny or stuffed nose, sneezing, sinus pressure, a sore throat, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightening, and in severe cases, an asthma attack.

While there is no cure, there are ways to prevent or relieve allergy symptoms, such as avoiding specific allergens, taking medication, or immunotherapy.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the executive order from the governor, our office will be closed to routine patients until April 13.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us at 248-628-3441 and we will do our best to assist you.  Our doctors are available to speak to you over the phone, and we also have access to tele-health visits.  Thank you.

We are here for you. We are still able to provide care on an urgent or emergency basis.

What constitutes urgent or emergency eye care?

  • Your eye is red, itchy or watering.
  • Your eye is crusty
  • Your eye is bloodshot
  • You have cloudy vision or cobwebs in your vision
  • You have new floaters or flashes of light
  • You have lost or broken your only pair of glasses
  • You have new blurred vision (with your glasses on)
  • You have new double vision.
  • You have a swollen eye.
  • You have something stuck in your eye.
  • You have new distortion in your vision.
  • You have eye pain.

Please call our office at 248-628-3441 or email info@waltonandbecker.com to talk with a technician or Doctor.