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Spring is Eye Allergy Season

Are you experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes? If yes, you may be suffering from spring eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Springtime eye allergies are often a result of an influx of pollen from trees and flowers into the air and can result in a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that suffer from them.

How can you guard your eyes this allergy season? If at all feasible, try to reduce contact with pollen which means remaining inside, in particular on days with a high pollen count. Closing windows, cooling off with air conditioning and wearing wrap-around shades when going outside may also help to reduce contact with irritants in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter is also known clear allergens from the air when you are inside.

Since most of us have to leave the house on occasion, there are medications that can reduce symptoms such as itchy eyes, red eyes or watery eyes. It's possible that a basic lubricating eye drop is sufficient to moisturize and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and remove allergens. Medications containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers are made to allay redness and swelling of the eyes and treat other symptoms such as congestion and sneezing. Drops are sometimes recommended because they can work better than oral products to treat eye problems.

Those who wear contacts sometimes have worse symptoms during eye allergy season due to the fact that allergens tend to stick to the exterior of the lens, bringing about an allergic reaction. Further, oral antihistamines can dry out the eyes, compounding the situation. Contact lens wearers should take measures to keep their eyes lubricated and switch lenses on time. Some eye doctors recommend the use of daily disposable lenses, because changing your contacts daily greatly diminishes the opportunity for allergens to build up.

One of the most important things to remember is, don't rub red, itchy. This will only increase the inflammation. Since many of the effective medications do need a prescription, if over-the-counter options are not working for you, see your eye doctor.