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Visit Dr. Monica Cross - Our Optometrist in Hyattsville, MD

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Ensuring crisp and clear vision is only one part of first-rate eye care. In addition to testing visual acuity, Dr. Monica Cross focus on the comprehensive and long-term health of your eyes and vision. Using the latest in optometric technology, in our Hyattsville office, we will inspect your eyes thoroughly with a comprehensive eye & vision assessment. Our optometric experts stay up to date with the rapid progress of medicine and technology, so you benefit from precise diagnoses and optimal treatments. Many common eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma, do not present symptoms until a late stage. For early detection and effective medical treatment of eye disease, visit our highly qualified and skilled Hyattsville eye doctor regularly for a comprehensive eye exam. We accept many insurance plans.

Meet Our Hyattsville Eye Doctor

Monica Cross O.D.

Dr. Cross fell in love with Optometry at the age of four during her own eye exam. Born in Seattle, raised in California, she attended The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) graduating with a BS in Biology. Following her heart’s calling, she then enrolled in The New England College...
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Q&A | Eye Allergies with Dr. Monica Cross

What is meant by the term allergic conjunctivitis? Is that the same as “pink eye”?

Allergic conjunctivitis is the clinical term of ocular inflammation of the lining or membrane of the eye, called the conjunctiva, caused by allergic reactions to substances. Although a patient may present with red or pink eyes from excess inflammation, the common term "pink eye"can signify a broad term of conditions and can be misleading, as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other irritating substances can cause redness resembling a "pink eye." Your eye doctor can differentiate between an allergy reaction and a true infection, which can lead to faster healing with proper treatments.

How do allergies directly affect the eyes?

Chronic allergies may lead to permanent damage to the tissue of your eye and eyelids. If left untreated, it may even cause scarring of the conjunctiva, the membrane covering the inner eyelid that extends to the whites of the eyes. Ocular allergies can make contact lens wear almost impossible and is one of the many causes of contact lens drop-out. Most common allergy medications will tend to dry out the eyes, and relying on nasal sprays containing corticosteroids can increase the pressure inside your eyes, causing other complications such as glaucoma.

What are the common symptoms of OCULAR allergies?

Excessive tearing, frequent eye rubbing, constant irritation especially in the corners of your eyes closest to the nose, lid swelling or puffy eyes, and red or pink eyes are some of the most common ocular allergy symptoms.

3500 East West Hwy.
Hyattsville, MD 20782
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If you experience loss of vision, double vision, swelling, infection or any eye emergency, contact us immediately for guidance. We’ll help you with the best treatment to prevent complications and promote long-lasting clear eyesight.
Please call our office at: 301-284-3302 for further instructions. Use your best judgment on urgency, if you feel the need to find the nearest emergency room.

301-284-3302