Eye bags, we’ve all experienced them at one time or another. For some, it’s a genetic or age-related problem. Studies released in previous years confirm this. For others, the bags could be caused by eye allergies or infections. But how can individuals identify which one is the cause of their respective problems? A visit to an eye allergy specialist is obviously the best way to clear things up. Eye allergy specialists tend to look for discharge, photosensitivity and acute pain first. They’re strong indicators that an infection is to blame. A review of the patient’s health history and genetic testing may rule out some of the other potential causes. For example, they may reveal vision problems related to medication side effects, inheritable diseases and lifestyle choices (e.g. excessive screen or contact lens use). If all of those avenues don’t pinpoint a cause, eye allergy testing may be needed. Dr. Reddy uses a number of proven and cutting-edge techniques to test patients for potential eye allergies. He also has a history of being on the front lines of allergy and asthma research as seen by his long list of honors. This frequently comforts people who dread the idea of undergoing, intradermal or puncture tests. The later involves adding diluted allergens to thin-gauge needles and either pricking or inserting them into a patient’s skin to see if a reaction occurs. Because it is often a process of elimination, patients who undergo such age-old testing procedures tend to be stuck repeatedly. As such, they frequently experience discomfort both during and immediately after needle testing. The good news is Dr. Reddy doesn’t have to repeatedly use those tests. He may use imaging and blood tests instead. To learn more about why our eyes sometimes appear puffy and what Dr. Reddy may be able to do help reduce the swelling, please contact us today.