Allergies and Eyes: What You Need to Know

woman uses allergy eye drops

Have you ever wondered how allergies affect your eyes and cause so much trouble? If you’re a sufferer, you likely have.

Allergies cause misery for many people during the spring and summer months. Some people are even affected all year long. Sneezing, runny noses, and itchy and watery eyes can ruin a picnic, family reunion, vacation, and gardening for sure.

We have some insight into why allergies are hard to deal with and how they can affect your eyes.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is your body’s reaction to a foreign substance. It can be something like pollen, dust mites, food, or fur. Sometimes allergies can cause inflammation in your eyes, skin, sinuses, and airways. Your body makes antibodies that flag the substance as harmful, and this causes inflammation of those places.

guy scratches eyes from allergiesSymptoms of Allergies

Swollen, itchy eyes and sneezing are common types of allergy symptoms. Other allergic reactions may be rashes, swollen lips and tongue, and shortness of breath. Other types of eye allergy symptoms include light sensitivity, a burning feeling, and irritation.

Treatment Options for Allergies

To curb your symptoms and flare-ups as much as possible, see our tips below.

  • Wash your hands if you have pollen or other allergens on them.
  • Wash your face to remove allergens that can continue to cause symptoms.
  • Use eye drops or artificial tears to soothe your eyes.
  • A cold compress can help swelling go down.
  • If you can, stay indoors when pollen levels are high.
  • If you have severe allergies, talk to your doctor about a treatment plan. Plans may include medications such as antihistamines. Antihistamines prevent symptoms and help itching.
  • Prescription eye drops or allergy shots can also help or stop symptoms.

If your allergies get worse or if you have new symptoms, see your eye doctor. Your doctor can tell if it’s seasonal allergies or another health problem.

Remember keeping your eyes healthy is extremely important. If anything causes issues with your eyesight, you should deal with it right away.

If you are experiencing long-term allergy symptoms, schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Contact The Eye Center, with locations in Huntsville and Madison, at 256-705-3937.

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