Eye allergies are caused by the same irritants that cause sneezing and runny noses. In some cases, eye allergies can contribute to pink eye and other eye infections. They’re typically caused by allergens such as mold, dust, pet dander and pollen. If your symptoms are severe, you should visit your optometrist. In the meantime, here are some tips you can try on your own that may bring you relief:
Use Eye Drops
Eye allergies are more common than you think, which is why there are many brands of non-prescription eye drops available. They’re formulated to relieve redness, itchiness and watering caused by allergies. Use eye drops if your eye allergy symptoms are mild. If your symptoms are severe, however, it’s best to consult with a medical practitioner.
Remove Your Contacts
The surface of contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens, so consider wearing glasses instead of contacts during allergy season. You should also consider using daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use to avoid the build-up of allergens and other debris on your lenses. If none of this helps, you may need to discontinue wearing contact lenses completely until your allergies subside.
To control your eye allergy symptoms, try to limit your exposure to common allergens. On days when the pollen count is high, stay indoors as much as possible and run your HVAC system to filter the air. Make sure your filters are clean and replaced regularly as well. If you need to go outdoors during allergy season, wear wraparound glasses to help shield your eyes, and always drive with your windows closed.
Visit Your Trusted Eye Doctor
If these tips aren’t helping, you should visit your trusted eye doctor. They may recommend switching to disposable contact lenses. Silicone hydrogel is often the preferred lens material for these contact lenses since they help your eyes breathe.
When you need to have a professional eye exam, make an appointment with Nova Vision Center. Call us at (703) 578-3600, or you can contact us through our convenient online form. We serve Alexandria, Arlington and surrounding VA areas.