After an unusually wet winter, we are excited spring is here! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the days are getting longer. While there is so much beauty all around, some people are suffering the downside of springtime: seasonal allergies.
Yes, this includes sneezing, congestion, and runny noses. But did you know that many people’s eyes are also affected by allergies? Eye allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, are caused by the inflammation of the conjunctiva. This is the tissue inside the eyelid that ensures the eyelid and eyeball stay moist.
Have your eyes recently experienced any of the following?
- Tearing up
- A burning or gritty sensation
- Blurry vision
If so, you may be in the same boat as millions of other Americans with eye allergy symptoms. These symptoms are not only frustrating to deal with, but they also affect your productivity and make completing simple tasks seem impossible.
What Causes My Eye Allergies?
Allergies are caused by your immune systems response to a foreign substance in your body. Eye allergy symptoms can be caused by a number of factors. The most common indoor and outdoor allergens include dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, or pollen (this can be from trees, grasses, or weeds). Irritants like smoke, dirt, chemicals, and even perfume can also cause similar eye irritations.
Many patients have the most problems with their allergy symptoms during the spring and early fall.
“How To Treat Itchy Eyes Caused By Allergies”
8 Steps to Prevent Your Eye Allergies From Taking Over
Your eyes are very susceptible to irritants and allergens. The best way to avoid eye allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergens in the first place. Here are some basic prevention tips:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
- Avoid touching or rubbing your eyes. Rubbing your eyes causes your body to release histamines, which worsens your symptoms.
- Keep your eyes clean with artificial tears. This helps wash away the allergens causing an allergic reaction.
- Use cold compresses on your eyes to decrease irritation and to provide relief.
- Take out your contacts when symptoms get bad. Allergens can get in between your eyes and the lenses and make everything feel worse.
- Be cautious about sharing products that come into contact with your eyes. That means don’t share your eye makeup or contact lenses with another person.
- Clean your living spacefrequently. Vacuum, dust, and change the air filters to ensure the circulation of clean air.
- Wash pillowcases and bedding in hot water to get rid of allergens.
My Allergy Symptoms Are Not Going Away. Help!
Over-the-counter medications or prescription treatments are an option if symptoms continue to persist. Talk with Dr. Ashcraft about what he recommends for your needs. With a little help, many people’s allergy symptoms can be managed. With so many beautiful things to see and do this spring, don’t let seasonal allergies get in your way!
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Written by Kendra Shiffler