As the end of summer approaches, many allergens increase. From molds or ragweed to pet dander, any number of these, or a combination of these allergens, can make some aspects life more than a little annoying. Headaches, sinus pressure and runny noses are a few of the most common allergy symptoms however, other allergy symptoms associated with your eyes, are often just as common.
When allergens affect your eyes they are called an ocular allergy or allergic conjunctivitis. These allergies can range from irritating to painful and although they are generally not overly serious in terms of long-term damage, they can be difficult to control. Thankfully, there are ways you can enjoy some relief. Alpine Eye Care invites you to take a look at a few of the easy ways you can make your eyes feel better even with allergies.
The simplest way to avoid symptoms of eye allergies is to avoid the allergens. Removing the dander from your home, staying indoors on high pollen days and using high quality filters in your vacuums and furnaces, are just a few ways to reduce the allergens you are exposed to.
Use eye drops
Eye drops are a great way to lubricate your eyes and reduce the itchy, dry eyes which are associated with allergens. If your allergies are mild, you may be able to use over the counter eye drops however, for more severe allergies, a prescription may be required. Talk to your eye doctor before you make a decision about what is best for you.
Take advantage of medications
There are many medications which can be purchased or prescribed by doctors to help with your eye allergies. Most of these medications are antihistamines which simply block the attachment of histamine cells to cells in the body, thereby reducing allergic symptoms. There are other medications which many also benefit from including decongestants, NSAID’s and steroids. All of these should first be discussed with your doctor.
Use glasses instead of contacts
For those who wear contacts, the symptoms of allergies can be increased. The surface of a contact may attract allergens over time. These allergens would then build up, increasing the level of allergens affecting your eyes. If you have an option of wearing glasses, you may want to consider this, or at least consider not reusing your contacts during this time of the year.
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