Are your eyes itching, red, burning, and watery? Allergy season is among us, spring is here when everything is starting to bloom.
Eye allergies develop when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment that typically causes no problem in most people. The eyes produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergies. As a result, the eyelids and conjunctiva become red, swollen, and itchy. The eyes can tear and burn as well.
MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT
The first approach in managing seasonal allergies is to avoid the allergen that triggers your symptoms.
Stay indoors as much as possible
Avoid using window fans and turn on air conditioning
Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to minimize outdoor exposure to the eyes
Decrease contact lens wear
Furthermore, allergy eye drops, which can be purchased over the counter, and applying cool compresses to the eyes are helpful. However, if symptoms persist you should call our office.