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Eye Allergy Season is Approaching – Are You Ready?

If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes you may be suffering from spring eye allergies. For some, March begins eye allergy time, which means uncomfortable symptoms such as itchy eyes, watery eyes or stinging, red eyes. Spring eye allergies are largely due to an influx of pollen from trees and flowers into the atmosphere and can greatly inhibit everyday functioning for those that suffer from them.

What can you do to defend your eyes this allergy season? Well the most obvious answer would be to limit exposure to pollen by remaining inside, particularly when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, using air conditioners and wearing full-coverage sunglasses when going outside can also help to reduce contact with irritants in the atmosphere. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used clear particles from the air inside your home or office.

Since most of us have to go outside on occasion, certain medications can alleviate symptoms such as red eyes, watery eyes or itchy eyes. Often times a simple over-the-counter lubricating eye drop is sufficient to moisturize and alleviate itchy eyes or red eyes and flush out allergens. Medicines with antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers are made to allay redness and swelling of the eyes and treat other symptoms such as stuffed or runny nose and sneezing. Eye drops often work more quickly and effectively than pills or liquid medications to alleviate eye symptoms.

Approximately 54 million people are affected by allergies, almost 50% of which are eye allergies. Eye allergies are often genetic and are the result of a hyper-sensitivity to a substance that has entered the eye regardless of whether is it harmful. The eye releases histamines and other immune mediators which result in excessive tears, itching, burning, redness and irritation.

When you are suffering from irritated, watery eyes, don't rub them. This can only increase the irritation. Due to the fact that often products that work to alleviate symptoms do need a prescription, if over-the-counter options do not help, book a visit with your eye doctor.