Eye allergies typically result in eye redness, itching, burning and clear, watery discharge. They can also accompany other allergic symptoms like sneezing, stuffy nose and sniffling. So, it’s important to take steps to relieve eye allergy symptoms.
Prevention is key. Find out the allergens that you are sensitive to, and limit your exposure to these as much as you can. For some people, their allergy triggers could be pollen, pet dander or dust. If you’re allergic to pollen, stay indoors as much as possible during allergy season. If you really need to go out, protect your eyes by wearing wraparound sunglasses. You should also invest in high-quality air conditioner filters that can trap common allergens.
Use Eye Drops
You can choose from several brands of non-prescription eye drops if you’re dealing with mild allergy symptoms. These eye drops are typically formulated to relieve redness, itchiness and watery eyes caused by allergies.
Remove Your Contacts
The surface of your contact lenses can attract and accumulate allergens. So, once you start feeling the symptoms, opt for your eyeglasses instead. If you really prefer the convenience of contacts, you might want to switch to daily disposable contacts so that you won’t have to worry about allergen buildup on your lenses.
Ask Your Doctor About Prescription Medications
If your allergy symptoms are severe or over-the-counter eye drops simply don’t work for you, your doctor can prescribe you a stronger medication like antihistamines, decongestants or corticosteroid eye drops.
Guilford Eye Center has several years of experience providing top-notch eye care services. Our areas of expertise include family eye care, eye exams and more. Call us at (336) 292-4516, or fill out our contact form to request an appointment. We serve customers in High Point, NC.