Is there such a thing as eye allergies?
We all know that feeling. The red eyes, itchiness, stuffy or a runny nose. The eyes may swell or tear. Other symptoms you experience are blurriness and you just want to itch your eyes all day as they get more and more bloodshot. It happens to the best of us. Especially in the spring or fall. The pollen is in the air and Alabama has turned yellow. We call it, allergies. Did you know that there was such a thing as eye allergies? We see patients all the time suffering from it and not even knowing it exists.
This is known as allergic conjunctivitis. The immune system becomes sensitive to the environment. When it senses dust, pollen, smoke, or anything that can affect the eye, it releases histamines, which in turn causes your eyes to become red, itchy, dry, and burn.
Can you do anything to avoid eye allergies?
In general, it is hard to avoid eye allergies. It is simply part of living in a place like Alabama where there is tons of pollen in the air. You can just stay indoors but that’s usually impossible. When possible, try wearing sunglasses outside to protect your eyes. Keep your house clean of dust and make sure to wash your hands regularly.
What can be done to treat eye allergies?
Our eye doctors recommend artificial tears or decongestant drops help to keep the eyes moist. If symptoms get even worse, antihistamines can be helpful or other over the counter drops. Contact lens wearers have been satisfied with daily lenses and avoid irritation on the eye. If symptoms persist then we recommend to come in for an eye exam. We would love to help!