Spring Allergies and Eye Irritation What You Need to Know

Spring Allergies and Eye Irritation: What You Need to Know

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

Spring is a welcome season; we are ready for warmer weather and sunshine. But as the flowers start to pop through and the trees are budding, some people dread this time of year because their seasonal allergies kick in.

An estimated 50 million people in the United States are living with seasonal allergies, including both children and adults. This condition is uncomfortable, and many people feel like it interrupts their daily activities.

Common Symptoms of Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergy symptoms often affect the upper respiratory system and the eyes. For example, you might have sneezing, congestion, a runny nose, and more.

The eyes can be impacted because you will notice itching and excess tear production. Additionally, seasonal allergies can cause the eyes to appear red and irritated. People with severe seasonal allergies can also experience swollen eyelids or blurred vision.

What to Do About Allergy Eye Irritation

If you have seasonal allergies, it’s important to know that you don’t have to live with these symptoms. Different things can be done to mitigate the effects of seasonal allergies. Here are a few tips:

  • Talk to Your Eye Doctor: The first step is to consult with an experienced medical provider about your symptoms. An eye doctor can help you determine whether the symptoms are actually related to allergies and rule out other potential infections and other eye issues. Treatments vary depending on the condition, so getting an accurate diagnosis is vital.
  • Minimize Allergen Exposure: Next, it’s crucial to minimize your exposure to allergens that are triggering your symptoms. These allergens are airborne, so change your HVAC filter, use an air purifier, and keep the windows closed when the pollen counts are high. Also, it will help to launder the bedding and blankets regularly.
  • Change Vision Correction Lenses: Sometimes, people with seasonal allergies have difficulty wearing contact lenses because their eyes are irritated. Consider switching to glasses instead. Or, it might be better to use single-day use contacts so that you can throw them out each night and avoid prolonged exposure to allergens.
  • Use Eye Drops and Medications: Check with your doctor to see if any medications or eye drops might be helpful. For example, an allergy pill can be an effective way to reduce all symptoms, including those that are affecting your eyes.

If you need help with allergy management or any other eye conditions, our Temecula Creek Optometry team is just a phone call away. Contact us at your convenience to book an appointment with an experienced eye doctor: (951) 302 -1331.

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