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Advice for Preventing the Effects of Eye Allergies

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, it could be due to spring eye allergies. For many, spring is eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a result of the release of tree and flower pollen into the air and can cause a severe impact on quality of life for those that experience them.

How can you defend your eyes this allergy season? Well the most obvious answer would be to limit contact with allergens which means staying indoors, in particular when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, using air conditioning and wearing full-coverage sunglasses when going outside may also help to reduce exposure to allergens in the atmosphere. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used clear allergens from the air when you are inside.

Since most of us have to leave the house on occasion, there are medicines that can alleviate symptoms such as itchy eyes, red eyes or watery eyes. Often times a simple lubricating eye drop will soothe and alleviate itchy eyes or red eyes and cleanse the eye of irritants. Medications containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers are made to reduce irritation of the eyes and treat non-eye related symptoms such as congestion and sneezing. Drops are sometimes recommended because they can work better than oral solutions to alleviate eye symptoms.

Contact lens wearers sometimes experience greater discomfort from eye allergy season due to the fact that allergens are more likely to accumulate on the outer surface of the lens, triggering irritation. Further, oral antihistamines can dry out the eyes, compounding the situation. Contact lens wearers should take steps to keep their eyes moist and switch lenses as directed. Some eye doctors recommend switching to daily disposable contacts, because changing your contacts daily lowers the chances of buildup and inflammation.

One of the most important things to remember is, don't rub irritated eyes. This will just worsen the irritation. Due to the fact that often products that work to alleviate symptoms do require a prescription, if over-the-counter solutions are not working for you, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor.