50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Eye allergies are usually characterized by red, itchy, watery eyes.
In today’s post, your local eye center optical services provider, Vision Care Associates, discusses ways to relieve eye allergies.
Causes of Eye Allergies
Allergens like pollen, mold, dust and pet danger trigger allergic reactions in some people. They can also be caused by reactions to cosmetic products and eye drops. Food allergies are less likely to result in eye allergy symptoms.
Common symptoms of eye allergies include itching, redness, burning and a clear, stringy discharge. Contact your optometrist if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Eye Allergy Relief
The best way to get relief from allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergens that trigger your allergies. Stay indoors when the pollen count is high. Invest in high-quality furnace filters and replace or clean them regularly.
Protect your eyes with wraparound sunglasses if you’re heading outdoors. Drive with your windows closed to prevent allergens from entering your eyes. It’s better to just wear prescription eyeglasses during allergy season than contact lenses. This is because allergens can easily build up on your lenses. You can also choose disposable contact lenses, which have to be replaced after use.
Non-prescription eye drops can also help relieve itchiness, redness and watery eyes. However, if they don’t work for you, your doctor may recommend prescription eye drops or medication.
Talk to your eye doctor before trying any products to treat your eye allergies. Visit Vision Care Associates for complete eye health examinations. We offer treatment for different eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Call us at (304) 315-6055 or schedule an appointment online. We help patients in Parkersburg, WV.