Understanding Seasonal Eye Allergies and Tips for Allergy Relief
Tired of itchy, watery eyes with the change in season?
Apr 30, 2018
Spring is in the Air
When it comes to our eyes, seasonal allergies are nothing to sneeze at! It’s the time of year when pollen, dander and dust mite levels are very high. If you have watery eyes, a runny nose and are sneezing, you may be one of the millions that suffer from seasonal allergies.
You’re not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that over 400 million people in the world have seasonal allergies, and that number continues to rise.1
Seasonal Allergies 101
Before we discuss treatment options, let’s review why your eyes react to seasonal allergies in the first place.
An allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen that is normally harmless.2 When that allergen and your eyes make contact, your body attempts to fight off the foreign substance. That fight results in those watery, itchy, red eyes you’ve become familiar with.
pollen from grass, trees and ragweed
You can also thank mom and dad for your discomfort. Yup, just like your blue eyes or knobby knees, allergies can be inherited from your parents.3
Help is on the Way
“Ok, now I know what and why, tell me how I can get relief!” Happy to help!
Quick tips and tricks4:
Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are higher than normal and use air conditioning when you can.
Wear sunglasses or glasses outside creating a physical barrier between you and the elements.
Give your contacts a break while your body adjusts to the season change.
Wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your eyes.
Consider trying over-the-counter drops such as artificial tears or decongestant drops.
Use oral antihistamines with caution; some medicines may dry your eyes and worsen your symptoms.
Doctor Knows Best
If you’re unsure about which treatment is best for you, consult with your physician or eye care professional who can offer more tips and tricks. Then tell those allergies to buzz off!
1. World Health Organization In-Depth Review of Allergic Rhinitis [Accessed April 17, 2018]
2, 3. American Academy of Ophthalmology Eye Allergies [Accessed April 13, 2018]
4. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Eye Allergies [Accessed April 13, 2018]