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Eye Allergies

To many, springtime in Arizona is a cherished season to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. From the blooming flowers on the cacti to the shedding of the brilliant yellow pollen of the Palo Verde trees, it is viewed as a desert oasis.

However, to some this season brings forth what seems like the most annoying and irritating time of the year: allergy season.

While some allergy sufferers may experience sneezing or a runny nose, many also endure the frustration of watery, itchy, or even dry eyes. These allergies can be brought on by any number of foreign allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, and pet dander.

Obviously, the best way to prevent eye allergies is to avoid these allergens altogether, but not leaving the house all spring just isn’t practical. 

Below are some tips to help ease your eyes from the annoyance of allergy season:

  • Instead of contact lenses, wear eyeglasses during allergy season, or switching to daily disposable contacts to ensure there is no continuous accumulation of foreign debris being placed on the eye. Contact lenses tend to allow airborne debris to remain trapped on the surface of the lens, causing continuous irritation to the eye.
  • Try using over the counter eye drops when your eyes are feeling dry and itchy.

For more severe eye allergies, visit your local eye doctor to discuss more treatment options. Some of these treatment options may include:

  • Decongestants to decrease the size of blood vessels in your eyes, which can help reduce redness in the sclera or whites of the eye. 
  • Antihistamines, which help prevent histamines from attaching to certain cells in the body causing allergic reactions such as watery eyes.

While eye allergies may seem inescapable, there is a wide range of ways to alleviate your symptoms.

If you are unsure how to treat these symptoms stop by your local Nationwide Vision to speak to one of the knowledgeable and caring doctors of Nationwide Optometry. They can help you better understand the cause of your allergies and help to create a treatment plan that works best for your symptoms.