Allergy Eyes? 8 Tips To Help This Spring
Ah yes, spring is in the air and what a relief it
is. It has been a brutal winter for many across the country. For most of us, the
beginning of spring brings happy thoughts of warm weather, flowers, bike rides
and picnics at the park. Sadly if you are someone who suffers from allergies
the first signs of spring can remind you of sneezing, coughing, and itchy,
watery eyes that you go through every spring.
If you suffer from an eye allergy, also called
allergic conjunctivitis, springtime can make your life miserable. Eye allergies
is a reaction to indoor and outdoor allergens which include dust mites, pet
dander, mold, grass and pollen that get in the eyes and cause inflammation of
the tissue that lines the eyelid. Once inflamed, the eye can be very painful for
extended periods of time.
Eye allergies can affect anyone but it is
particularly hard on contact lens wearers. Today people use extended wear
contacts that require less frequent cleaning and replacement. Not only can the
allergens inflame the eyelid they get under the contacts making matters even
To effectively treat and relieve the symptoms
caused by eye allergies, you really need to see your optometrist. They usually
will prescribe soothing medicated eye drops or rinses to remove the allergens.
Many who try the DIY route will treat their symptoms with an over-the-counter
antihistamine. The problem is antihistamines can help with the running
noses and sneezing but they can make eye allergy symptoms worse by reducing the
moisture in the eyes.
If you have problems with allergies and your
eyes then try some of these tips. If you visit your doctor we bet they will
suggest several them because they work.
- Reduce the amount of time you were contact lens (your
glasses don’t look bad)
- Switch to daily disposable contact lenses
- Use eye drops (ask doctor first)
- Clean contacts at least daily
- Don’t rub your eyes
- Wash hands before you remove or put in contacts
- Avoid wearing eye makeup
- Do not share contact lens cases
We know first hand that you can not completely
avoid eye problems during the spring but you can do some or all of the things we
mentioned above to make this spring a bit better.
Wishing you the best of health
The Allergy Store