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Are Your Allergies Affecting Your Eyes?

Monday, May 15th, 2023, 12:57 pm

Man covering eyes by hand of bright sunlightIt’s that time of year again – but you might not even need a calendar to tell you that it’s springtime. You may already know because of the sneezing, congestion, and itchy, watery, red eyes. Is there anything that can be done about your allergies and how they are affecting your eyes? And when should you see your doctor about your itchy eyes?

Tips for Itchy, Red Eyes

There are some things you can do to find relief from your allergy symptoms:

  • Protect your eyes from pollen. Drive with your windows up so that pollen can’t get into your eyes. If you work outside, wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Get the right kind of eyedrops. There are many options available at your local drugstore to help with allergies. Over-the-counter eyedrops can help, but make sure that you get some that are specifically for allergy symptoms, not for dry eyes or another conditions.
  • Try a cold compress. A washcloth that has been soaked in cold water and then applied to the eyes can help to relieve itching and soothe irritated eyes.
  • Clean the pollen off. As soon as you are done with outside activities, take a shower to wash pollen off of your body. If your eyes are still itchy even after you go inside, take out your contacts and clean them, because pollen can get onto contacts, too.

When Should You Make an Appointment With Your Doctor?

If you are in any pain, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your doctor. You should also see your eye doctor if your allergy symptoms aren’t alleviated with any home remedies you’ve tried, if your vision suddenly gets worse, if you develop an eye infection, or if you feel like something is stuck in your eye.

It may be tempting to shut yourself indoors until allergy season is over, but there are some steps you can take to fight back against allergies. Try these tips at home, or contact Marion Eye Center and Optical for help. There are offices in Illinois (800-344-7058) and in Missouri (877-269-4545). Call for an appointment today!

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