Red, itchy, watery eyes accompanied by sneezing, congestion and a runny nose are common symptoms of seasonal allergies. These symptoms are usually caused by airborne allergens, such as pollen, dust, mold and pet dander.
In today’s post, your local optometrist, Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, discusses how you can get relief from eye allergies.
Proper Diagnosis Is Important
Eye allergies occur when your immune system reacts to substances called allergens that don’t cause a problem in most individuals. An allergic reaction happens when an allergen reaches the antibodies in the mast cells of your eyes. The cells produce histamine and chemicals that cause blood vessel leakage, resulting in itchy, red and watery eyes.
The symptoms of eye allergies are similar to some eye diseases so proper diagnosis is important. Visit your eye care provider for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Get Relief From Eye Allergies
Pollen highs are usually at their peak in the mid-morning and early evening. It’s best to stay indoors at this time to prevent allergen exposure. Window fans can pull pollens and mold into your home. Use air conditioning instead as it can filter the air. Make sure your air conditioning unit is kept clean.
Wear sunglasses or eyeglasses if you’re heading outdoors to prevent pollen from entering your eyes. Rubbing your eyes when they’re itchy will only irritate the eyes more.
Maintain a low humidity level in your home to limit mold exposure. Keep your home clean, and use a dehumidifier in damp, humid and empty places, such as the basement. Use detergent and a 5% bleach solution to remove mold.
Talk to your allergist regarding your symptoms for expert opinion on which treatment options works best for you. When it comes to your eye care needs, you can rely on Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry. We offer LASIK eye surgery, sports vision training and dry eye treatment. Call us at (703) 660-9494, or complete our online form to request an appointment. We assist patients in Alexandria, VA.