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A Guide to Preventing Symptoms of Eye Allergies

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from seasonal eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are largely due to an influx of pollen from trees and flowers into the air and can greatly inhibit everyday functioning for those that experience them.

What can you do to defend your eyes this allergy season? Whenever possible limit contact with allergens which means remaining inside, in particular when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, cooling off with air conditioners and putting on wrap-around shades when going outside can also help to protect your eyes from irritants in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used remove particles from the air when you are inside.

Since most of us have to leave the house on occasion, there are medicines that can alleviate symptoms such as itchy eyes, red eyes or watery eyes. Often times a basic over-the-counter rewetting drop is sufficient to soothe and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and flush out irritants. Products containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers will alleviate irritation of the eyes as well as non-eye related symptoms such as congestion and sneezing. Drops are sometimes recommended because they can work more quickly and effectively than oral solutions to treat eye symptoms.

Contact lens wearers often experience greater discomfort as a result of eye allergy season due to the fact that allergens tend to build up on the exterior of the lens, causing an allergic reaction. Further, oral antihistamines can dry out the eyes, compounding the situation. Individuals who wear contacts should make sure to ensure eyes are moist and switch contacts as directed. Many optometrists recommend the use of daily disposable contacts, because changing your contacts daily reduces the opportunity for allergens to build up.

When you are suffering from red, itchy eyes, don't rub them. This can only worsen the irritation. Due to the fact that often products that work to alleviate symptoms do need a prescription, if over-the-counter solutions are not working for you, schedule a visit with your eye doctor.