Do you have red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many, spring is eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are caused by the release of pollen from trees and flowers into the atmosphere and can result in a severe impact on quality of life for those that suffer from them.
What can you do to defend your eyes during pollen season? If at all feasible, try to limit contact with allergens by staying inside, particularly when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, cooling off with air conditioning and putting on wrap-around sunglasses when exposed to the elements can also help to reduce contact with allergens in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is also known cleanse allergens from the air inside your home or office.
Since most of us must leave the house on occasion, there are medicines that can alleviate symptoms such as itchy eyes, red eyes or watery eyes. Often times a simple eye drop will soothe and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and flush out irritants. Medicines containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers are made to allay inflammation of the eyes and treat non-eye related symptoms such as cold-like symptoms. Eye drops often work better than oral medications to alleviate eye symptoms.
Those who wear contact lenses often find that they suffer more as a result of eye allergy season because allergens are more likely to enter the eye and accumulate on the exterior of the lens, bringing about inflammation. Further, oral antihistamines can dry out the eyes, compounding the situation. Contact lens wearers are advised to take measures to ensure eyes are moist and switch lenses on time. Some eye doctors prefer switching to daily disposable contacts, because replacing your lenses each day lessens the chances of buildup and inflammation.
Most importantly, don't rub irritated eyes. Doing so will just worsen the irritation. Due to the fact that often effective medications do require a prescription, if over-the-counter options do not help, see your eye doctor.