If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from spring eye allergies. For some of us, spring is eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due to an influx of pollen from trees and flowers into the atmosphere and can greatly inhibit everyday functioning for those that experience them.
How can you guard your eyes during pollen season? If at all feasible, try to reduce contact with allergens by staying inside, especially on days with a high pollen count. Closing windows, using air conditioning and putting on wrap-around sunglasses when exposed to the elements can also help to protect your eyes from irritants in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used cleanse particles from the air inside your home or office.
Since most of us must leave the house on occasion, certain medications can reduce symptoms such as red eyes, watery eyes or itchy eyes. It's possible that a basic eye drop is enough to soothe and alleviate itchy eyes or red eyes and cleanse the eye of irritants. Medications with antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers will reduce inflammation of the eyes and treat other symptoms such as stuffed or runny nose and sneezing. Eye drops often work better than pills or liquid medications to alleviate eye symptoms.
Contact lens wearers often have worse symptoms from eye allergy season due to the fact that allergens can stick to the exterior of the lens, triggering an allergic reaction. Further, oral antihistamines can dry out the eyes, compounding the situation. Contact lens wearers are advised to take steps to ensure eyes are lubricated and switch lenses as directed. Some eye doctors recommend the use of daily disposable contacts, because changing your contact lenses more frequently lowers the opportunity for allergens to accumulate.
When your eyes are irritated, don't rub them. Doing so will only worsen the irritation. Because many of the products that work to alleviate symptoms do require a prescription, if over-the-counter medications are not working for you, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.