Allergies and Eyesight

Seasonal allergies affect millions of people every year.  Itchy red eyes, runny nose and sneezing are just a few of the symptoms that can ruin an otherwise beautiful spring, summer or fall day.  If you are an allergy sufferer you may have questions about the causes, symptoms and treatment for your red, swollen, painful eyes.  Let’s take a closer look at allergies and your eyesight.

What are Eye Allergies?  Eye allergies are many times called allergic conjunctivitis.  They can give your eyes a watery, red, puffy, itchy look and feel. Thankfully, most eye allergies are more irritating than dangerous.  If the eye allergy is severe it may take a trip to the allergy doctor or perhaps an ophthalmologist.

What are Symptoms of eye allergies?

  • milky red appearance to the eyes – bloodshot eyes
  • itchy and irritated feeling
  • puffy eyelids and under eyes
  • burning feeling
  • dry eye feeling
  • severe discharge and swelling of the eye

Treatment for Eye Allergies –

For many people a warm compress with a cloth or flushing the eye with water can take away the immediate pain and discomfort of eye allergies.  Other people find that over the counter (OTC) antihistamines can be quite effective.  If these remedies are not working or if there is eye pain, extreme redness, or heavy discharge, you should seek medical advice. Some conditions, for example, are serious with potential sight-threatening complications if required treatment is delayed.

Avoiding seasonal allergens or treating the symptoms seems to be the best course of action for most people.  See you eye doctor to confirm your allergy and the health of your eyesight.  

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