FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT EYE ALLERGIES
Eye allergies can be seasonal or present all year. Also known as allergic conjunctivitis, it is your eyes’ response to allergens… such as pet dander, dustmites, pollen, mold. Some medications and makeup can cause eye allergy signs and symptoms. Following are 5 things for you to know if you ever experience ocular allergies.
1) The main signs of eye allergies are red, itchy, tearing or swollen eyes. Sneezing, coughing, and fatigue may also be present. Some patients report blurry vision, especially upon awakening.
2) If you are allergic to airborne irritants such as pollen it is best to stay inside on windy days. If you must be out, use a pollen mask when doing yard work, or when cleaning dusty areas in the house. Sunglasses or your regular glasses can help protect the eyes from pollen, dust, etc.
3) Medications can help relieve your symptoms. Steroid nasal sprays and oral antihistamines can help with general allergic reaction including your eyes. Ask your doctor about eye drops. Not all eye drops are created equal!
4) Wash your bed linens and pillows in hot water often…and consider allergen barrier covers for mattress and pillows.
5) Limit your contact lens wearing time or eliminate the lenses when your ocular allergies are flaring up. Know how to manage your allergies so that you can still enjoy doing the things you like!