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Posted on 04-16-2017

Premier Eye Associates Seasonal Eye Allergies

Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be more excited!

Chirping birds, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are just a few of the things we look forward to when spring comes around. We must admit though, there is one thing about the season that’s not particularly appealing, and that’s allergies.

What Your Eyes Can Expect This Spring

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology states that approximately 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Many of you have experienced it… you walk outside to enjoy the fresh air of a new spring day, only to find yourself sneezing and congested soon after. Not only that, but your eyes suffer too! 

If you struggle with allergies, your eyes might experience the following symptoms:

  • Redness
  • Swelling around the eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Itchiness
  • Tearing, or watery discharge

We know that nothing can ruin your spring fever quite like an allergy attack, so read on to find out ways to protect yourself this season!

Tips to Help You Survive Allergy Season

The best way to treat allergies is prevention. Here are some tips to protect your eyes when seasonal allergies strike!

  • Be aware of the pollen count in your area and try to stay indoors when pollen counts are at their highest, usually mid-morning and early evening. Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning at home and in your car. If you have to go outdoors, wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Applying a cold compress to your eyes can bring a surprising amount of relief. This reduces eye itchiness and swelling.
  • You should remove your contacts if you feel your allergies are getting the best of you. Allergens can get trapped in between your contact lenses and the surface of your eye, causing constant irritation.
  • Artificial tears can help wash out any allergens in your eyes, so keep these on hand. You can also use over-the-counter allergy eye drops or oral antihistamines. 

Don’t Let Allergies Get The Best Of You

We know how difficult spring can be for some of our patients because of allergies. We want you to know that we’re here for you! If you feel that the above tips aren’t helping you, come into our office and we can evaluate your eyes for more personalized treatment and prescribe stronger eye drops.

Keep in mind that many eye infections can mimic the symptoms of eye allergies. So, if you’ve never had seasonal allergies and suddenly experience them or you’re simply unsure, come get your eyes checked. We’re here to get you through allergy season with a smile on your face!

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