How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Eyes

How Seasonal Allergies Affect Your Eyes

Spring is in the air and unfortunately, that means so is pollen and mold spores. Although allergens are always around us (such as dust and dander), they can be especially bad during the Spring and the Fall. Wondering if you may be suffering from seasonal allergies? Here are the common signs to look out for:

  • Itchy Eyes
  • Puffy Eyes
  • Eye Redness/Irritation
  • Watery Eyes
  • Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal Discharge

Why Do I Get Seasonal Allergies?

As stated above, allergens are constantly around, however, in the Spring and Fall, plants typically begin to pollinate, filling our air supply with lots and lots of tiny particles, ready to send our immune systems into a complete freakout. For those allergic to certain plants, the effects can be even worse than normal.

Allergies vs. Our Eyes

When it comes to seasonal allergies, many people complain of the effect it has on their eyes. As mentioned above, many patients report symptoms of itchy, puffy, irritated and even watery eyes. Patients that wear contacts may find them to be more uncomfortable than usual. We recommend switching to glasses for the time being if that is the case.

Allergy Prevention & Treatment

Wondering what you can do to decrease your seasonal allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid the outdoors on windy days.
  • Avoid using window fans/air conditioners as they allow pollen in your home.
  • Wear a pollen mask during yard work.
  • Wear glasses/sunglasses when outdoors.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Use eye drops to moisten eyes and keep them comfortable.

Along with staying hydrated and using eye drops, it is important not to touch your eyes if they are itchy or irritated from your seasonal allergies. This can make symptoms far worse and even increase your risk of additional eye-related complications.

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