Trees, plants, and flowers are in full bloom and looking beautiful, but they wreak havoc on individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies. So what do you do when you are dealing with the red, itchy eyes that accompany spring? Here are some spring eyecare tips that you can do to minimize the effects of allergies on your eyes.
Seasonal Allergy Causes
Allergies can be caused by a variety of factors, including pet dander, dust, and perfume, and they aren’t always seasonal. Pollen tends to make things worse in the spring and autumn. Pollination occurs in the spring for some plants, such as grass, and in the fall for others, such as ragweed. During these months, the air becomes thick with microscopic floating particles that might irritate our eyes and airways. Symptoms such as itchy eyes, congestion, and frequent sneezing are common in those who have an overactive immune system.
The Eyes and Allergies
Redness, watering, and itching of the eyes are common allergy symptoms, which can be accompanied by a gritty sensation, swollen eyelids, a burning sensation, and increased discomfort when wearing contact lenses. Decongestants can help with respiratory symptoms, but they often dry out the eyes as a side effect, exacerbating the symptoms and making the eyes more exposed to airborne irritants!
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do during an allergy attack. Eye drops can also be used (especially if your other allergy meds are drying out your eyes). As long as you have eye issues, it may be best to continue with glasses rather than contact lenses. Contact lenses can contribute to the discomfort.