How to Fight Those Spring Allergies

It’s that time of the year again where your eyes are itchy and the nose is running. It’s not the common cold, it’s worse – allergies!

Eye Allergy Symptoms

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Clear, watery discharge

Eye Allergy Triggers

  • Pollen from grass, trees, and weeds
  • Pet dander, dust mites, and mold
  • Cigarette smoke, perfume, and diesel exhaust

Eye Allergy Management 

Allergies can make you feel miserable, almost as much as a cold. For some immediate relief on days when your allergies are mild, try some remedies like,

  • Keeping the windows shut in your car and home—especially in the early morning hours when pollination tends to occur.
  • Wearing wrap-around glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Placing a cold compress over your eyes to soothe discomfort.
  • Using artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to flush out any irritants.
  • Trying an over-the-counter remedy like allergy eye drops.
  • Wash your hands after petting an animal.

Extreme Treatment

If you find that over-the-counter allergy relief is not helping, see an allergist for prescription medications.

  • Eyedrops (decongestant)
  • Allergy shots
  • Nonsedating oral antihistamines

The allergist will review your medical history and symptoms and then conduct tests. Those tests may include an exam with a microscope.

As always, you can talk to your local optometrist too. They can help as much as possible and if not, will recommend an allergist.