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Fall is a beautiful time of year. Great weather, Thanksgiving, hot chocolate and warm fires, and so on. Alongside all the beauty and fun that comes with fall are irritants of the eyes and nose from allergens. The common allergy symptom includes itchy, red, watery, swollen, and irritated eyes. If you are suffering from allergies this season don’t worry, there are some steps you can take to find eye allergy relief.
What causes eye allergies?
There are various causes of eye allergies, however they occur because your body is overreacting to a substance, or “allergen”. Your immune system creates antibodies that release histamine in your eyes. This is what leads to those pesky and irritating symptoms.
What are the symptoms of eye allergies?
One may experience some or all of the symptoms of eye allergies, which include:
- Itching feeling in eyes
- Scratchy feeling in eyes
- Soreness in and around the eyes
- Swollen tissue around the eyes
- Redness of the eyes and surrounding skin
- Watering of the eyes
- Dryness of the eyes
- Burning of the eyes
- Discharge from the eyes
How can one find relief from eye allergies?
If you are looking for natural and do-it-yourself remedies for eye allergies, you can try some or all of the following to seek relief from those pesky symptoms.
- Stay indoors, especially during mid-morning and early evening where there is a higher pollen count in the air
- Keep your windows closed around your home
- Wear your glasses instead of your contact lenses to help protect your eyes
- Wear large wrap-around sunglasses to protect your eyes from allergens outside
- Wash your bedding frequently and in hot water
- Use mite-proof bedding
- Keep your house clean and clear from dust and other triggers like pet hair
- Keep the humidity of your home to under 50% to avoid the growth of mold spores; you may want to consider the use of a dehumidifier
- Don’t rub your eyes
- Apply a cold compress to your eyes when your symptoms are acting up
- Try over-the-counter eye allergy drops (consult with your doctor for recommendations)
If these do-it-yourself remedies don’t give you the relief you need, consider seeing an eye doctor. Your eye doctor will be able to suggest and recommend certain over-the-counter medications that are best suited for you and can help relieve your symptoms. Your doctor may want to consider prescribing something as well if your symptoms are severe.
For a trusted and caring eye doctor, come see us at our Arlington vision center. First Eye Care is a one-stop shop for your vision needs from a caring team of optometric experts to a lens shop for glasses and contacts. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.