Eyecare Chattanooga Offers Ocular Allergy Skin Testing

Monday, April 28, 2014

Eyecare Chattanooga the first office in Chattanooga to offer ocular allergy skin testing. Watery, itchy, and red eyes are ocular symptoms triggered by air-borne allergens many are exposed to in the Chattanooga area. The test is an in-office procedure, similar to that done in many allergist’s offices and is tailored to the 60 most common environmental allergens. 

“Proper diagnosis is extremely important for the appropriate treatment of ocular allergies,” said Dr. Paula Nicola of Eyecare Chattanooga.

“Especially as we move into Spring in Chattanooga, more and more people are going to be suffering with these all too familiar symptoms and this test can help put an end to them.”

The test is a prick method, where only the most superficial layer of the skin is scratched and a drop of allergen extract is placed on the scratched surface of the skin.  Patients are tested for important environmental airborne allergens such as trees, grasses, weeds, molds, dust mites and animal dander. The scratch tests are usually performed on your arms but may also be performed on your back.

The test itself generally takes 15-20 minutes. The test is then interpreted by Dr. Paula Nicola, who can then determine which treatment protocol is most beneficial for you to help you avoid ocular symptoms from allergies. 

Treatment options can include allergen avoidance, oral and topical medications, natural therapies and immunotherapy.

Eyecare Chattanooga is located in Erlanger Medical Mall. Additional information may be found online at eyecarechattanooga.com or by calling their office at 423-243-3330.

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