Spring is a great season to enjoy outdoor activities. However, it’s also prime time for eye allergies. To help you fully enjoy this season’s mild weather and blooming flowers, your eye doctor from NOVA Vision Center discusses spring eye allergies and treatment methods.
Increased pollen count is the major culprit behind springtime eye allergies. These small spores are released by blooming plants. When pollen comes into contact with your eyes, it may trigger a hypersensitivity reaction from your immune system.
Your body may initiate an inflammatory response to these foreign particles. As a result, your eyes may become red, itchy and watery. These symptoms may be accompanied by a runny nose and constant sneezing that usually worsens when you go outside, especially when the pollen count is high. If you experience any of these symptoms, we suggest visiting your eye care specialist as soon as possible. We’ll perform an eye exam to confirm this condition.
One of the best things you can do to keep eye allergy attacks at bay is to avoid your specific allergen. Check the pollen index in your area before heading out. Avoid scheduling your outdoor activities when the pollen count is too high. We may also prescribe antihistamines to control your symptoms.
If you must step outside, at least wear eyeglasses or sunglasses to protect your eyes. Choose an oversized pair with 100% UV protection. Remember to wash your hands frequently as well. Keeping your surroundings clean and using an air purifier may help too.
Call us today at (703) 291-0080 or complete our form to learn more tips on preventing spring eye allergies. We serve Falls Church and Arlington, VA.