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As the cooler weather of winter gives way to sun and warm breezes, most people are happy to salute the arrival of spring. But as springtime kicks into full gear and all the grasses, flowers, and trees bloom and release pollen. This pollen can cause terrible suffering for people with allergies.
Springtime allergies cause a lot of symptoms in many people. People can't do much about the pollen in the air outside, but there are ways to alleviate some side effects. But many people don't do much to treat the symptoms affecting their eyes.
Here are some simple, practical tips for getting some allergy relief for otherwise healthy eyes.
There are ways to lessen pollen exposure in certain conditions. When indoors, keeping windows shut and running the air conditioner can reduce indoor pollen count. It is crucial to make sure the filter is clean. When cleaning floors in the home, a vacuum with a filter or a wet mop can help control pollen and dust.
It is difficult to remain inside for the entire season, though. People can also wear glasses or sunglasses when going outside, which can block some of the breezes that carry pollen and cause drying. Another way to reduce pollen exposure is to make sure the cabin air filter in the car is clean.
Over-the-counter eye drops can bring temporary relief from itchy, watery eyes. There are a few different kinds. Decongestant eye drops bring some comfort, but when people stop using them, they often experience rebound eye redness.
Other eye drops contain an antihistamine that brings all-day relief. When people stop using it, they don't experience the same redness that decongestant eye drop users do.
Some people experience severe allergy symptoms. The eye itchiness and watering interfere with their ability to do many tasks. You can use oral antihistamines available over the counter and from a doctor. A doctor can also prescribe more powerful eye drops or antihistamine injections. Injections and pills give relief for many of the symptoms, not just itchy eyes.
There are simple things people can do when they are suffering from an allergy attack. Saline rinses can wash out the pollen from the eyes. Washing the hands and face reduces the amount of pollen that makes it to the eye area. A cool compress placed over the eyes can help with the puffiness and swelling.
People with normal healthy eyes can experience blurriness, excess tearing, and feel like there are foreign bodies in their eyes even when there aren't. But it's always a good idea to talk to a vision care specialist about allergy symptoms. The eye doctor can screen a patient and rule out any issues or vision changes that are not allergy-related, and help with a prescription for relief.
If your allergies prevent you from seeing clearly and at-home treatments aren't bringing relief, call Primary Eye Care in Tupelo, MS at (662) 200-9842