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 specialist, 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.
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:
Sensitivity to light
In any case, these side effects could likewise indicate an eye infection or an alternate visual condition. 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.
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Treatment for Eye Allergies
Avoidance of the annoying allergens is the best solution for eye allergies!
On the off chance that you are irritated by indoor allergies, it's beneficial to put resources into a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Discouraging your fuzzy four-legged companions from laying on your bed or other upholstery is likewise a smart thought.
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 shades to block dust from direct contact with your eyes
- Dr. Evans recommends the use of artificial tears or decongestant drops to his Edmonton patients to help keep the eyes moist. If symptoms get even worse, antihistamines can be helpful or other over the counter drops. Contact lens wearers have been satisfied with daily disposable contact lenses that will help avoid irritation in the eye. If symptoms persist then he recommends to come in for an eye exam.
- Put on a cap with a wide brim to keep allergens from blowing at you
- Wash your hands well subsequent to petting any fuzzy animals Utilize saline drops after being outside; this washes allergens out from your eye tissue.
Contact Lenses Can Complicate Eye Allergies
Many individuals have no issue or uneasiness from wearing contacts until allergy season comes around. Airborne allergens may attach themselves to your lenses, which causes aggravation. Some of our patients find that they have to diminish the time they wear contacts amid allergy season. A different option for managing eye allergies while wearing contact lenses is to wear daily disposables, which are disposed of before there's time for allergens to develop on the lenses.
Notwithstanding legitimate cleaning and sanitization of your contact lenses, we may prescribe uncommon eye drops to wash your contacts for the duration of the day. As not all eye drops can be utilized with all materials of contact lenses, please check with Dr. Evans before placing anything in your eyes.
Various doctor prescribed pharmaceuticals may likewise be appropriate for reducing your eye allergies and the irritating side effects. We'll assess your condition in our Edmonton and Sherwood Park eye center and our expert optometrist, Dr. Evans, will prescribe the best treatment for your eye allergies!