Allergy season in Edmonton and Sherwood Park can be brutal. The pollen is in the air and the sniffles are up. With allergies comes an array of nuisances including those teary, red, and itchy eyes. We typically experience this at its worst in Spring and Fall. It's great that the weather is warming up but allergy season can be a big headache. What can be done?
Your Eye Symptoms Could be Eye Allergies
Eye allergies alludes to when something you are adversely affected by, for example, dust, pet dander, mold spores or dust mites, aggravates the membrane of your eyes. Named unfavorably susceptible conjunctivitis, your eyes might be red, watery, bothersome or swollen. In the event that you experience the ill effects of any of these manifestations, or experience any eye disturbance, we provide a complete eye exam in our Edmonton and Sherwood Park centers to decide whether hypersensitivities are the offender. Dr. Evans, our inviting and experienced eye optometrist, is educated about diagnosing and treating eye allergies.
As a rule, sensitivities are caused when the immune system recognizes a specific substance as an allergen. Your immune system at that point goes overboard and produces antibodies that travel to your cells and discharge chemicals. The final product is an allergic reaction. You're presumably acquainted with hay fever and how individuals gripe about it! This is a type of allergic reaction, related to pollen and ragweed that floats in our environment. Allergies can strike inside as well, and activities, for example, tidying your home may stir up the dust mites and incite an allergic reaction. Tobacco smoke, perfumes and beauty care products are other known causes.
Do You Suffer from Eye Allergies?
Symptoms that May Point to Eye Allergy
While eye allergies don't debilitate your vision, they can unquestionably be an irritation. Problems that by and large influence both eyes and show up not long after introduction to the hostile allergen. The typical side effects include:
- Watery eyes
- Coarseness Swollen
- Puffy eyelids
- Sensitivity to light
In any case, these side effects could likewise indicate an eye infection, dry eye syndrome, or another ocular condition which deserves medical attention. That is the reason an exhaustive eye exam and appropriate diagnosis is so essential! It would be ideal if you contact our Sherwood Park and Edmonton optometrists for an appointment.
Treatment for Eye Allergies
The best solution is to avoid the allergens that bother you.
Most people find that their triggers are outdoors. Shy of staying inside with every one of the windows closed, maintaining a strategic distance from open-air allergens might be trickier. A few recommendations include:
- Wear eyeglasses or sunglasses to block dust from direct contact with your eyes.
- Put on a cap with a wide brim to keep allergens from blowing at you.
- If you wear contacts, consider daily disposable contact lenses, which can help avoid irritating build-up.
- Dr. Evans recommends the use of artificial tears, antihistamines or decongestants to his Edmonton eye care patients to help keep the eyes comfortable during allergy season.
- When symptoms persist, our eye doctor recommends to come in for an eye exam.
If you find yourself sensitive to indoor allergens, here are some ideas for avoiding common triggers:
- Wash your hands well after touching pets.
- Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture frequently.
- Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Check walls -- especially in damp rooms -- for mold, and have it removed by a professional.
Contact Lenses Can Complicate Eye Allergies
While many contact lens wearers aren't bothered by eye allergies, some of our patients find that they have to diminish the time they wear contacts during allergy season. As mentioned above, another option for managing eye allergies while wearing contact lenses is to wear daily disposables, which get thrown out before there's time for allergens to build up on the lenses.
Over-the-counter eye drops might help. Note: not all eye drops can be utilized with all types of contact lenses, so please check with our optometrist in near you before using any new ones. Our eye doctor can prescribe stronger eye drops if the OTC drops aren't working.