Eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis, characterized by red, itchy, watery eyes, occur when an allergen irritates the membrane that covers the eye and the inner eyelid.
The most common type of allergy is seasonal allergies, with around 50 million cases in the United States. In this post, LASIK experts, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care discusses what triggers eye allergies.
Causes of Eye Allergies
Pollen and Mold Spores – These are the most common triggers of eye allergies. If you have seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever, you may experience worse symptoms outdoors where you’re exposed to increased amounts of pollen.
Dust Mites and Pet Dander – If you have these kinds of allergies, your symptoms will be triggered and become worse with tasks like tidying your home or grooming your pet.
Cosmetics and Eye Drops – Your eyes can also react to certain products like makeup and eye drops or artificial tears for dry eyes.
To get relief from allergies, AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care recommends the following:
Avoid Allergens You Are Sensitive To
If you’re allergic to pollen, it’s best to stay indoors with an air purifier (or simply an air conditioner) to filter the air. Replace filters frequently as they catch common allergens. During allergy season, wear wrap-around sunglasses and drive with the windows closed to protect your eyes from allergens.
Remove Your Contact Lenses
Your contact lenses are a magnet for allergens and airborne particles, so you should consider wearing prescription glasses during allergy season. You can also switch to using daily disposable lenses to avoid allergen buildup.
Over-The-Counter Medication and Eye Drops
Eye allergies are so common, there are non-prescription eye drops and antihistamine pills available to relieve mild symptoms. You can ask your pharmacist for one that suits you.
Eyeglasses protect you from allergens and reduce the number of airborne particles that enter your eyes. At AAPECS Atlantic Eye Care, we are dedicated to providing you with the best eyeglasses that fit your needs and style. Give us a call at (757) 772-0086 or fill out our online form. We serve Norfolk, VA.