Have you ever found yourself with watery eyes or rubbing your eyes as soon as you step outside? If these sound like symptoms you’ve experienced at some point in your life, then you’ve felt the effects of an allergic reaction. Whether the reaction is due to seasonal allergies or more serious allergies, your eyes can experience symptoms such as:
- Itchy Eyes
- Watery Eyes
- Red Eyes
- Burning Eyes
Causes of Eye Allergies
The most common eye allergies are caused by airborne allergens in the environment. Airborne allergens can be brought on by pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. Contact with these allergens often cause your eyes to start to water, itch and/or to turn red.
Allergies to certain foods such as shellfish, peanuts and eggs can cause allergic reactions, and sometimes these reactions can worsen over time. It is important to take immediate action of consuming these foods causes an allergic reaction in the eyes.
Other Common Eye Allergies
Eye allergies can also be caused by makeup or cosmetics worn around the eyes, being exposed to cigarette smoke, perfume, or chemical fumes. Eye drops such as Artificial Tears that treats dry eyes have also been known to cause allergic reactions due to the preservative chemicals they contain.
Remedies to Eye Allergies
Eye allergies can be caused by the slightest thing, which makes it hard to determine one given remedy to eye allergies. Here are some tools you can use and implement to soothe your eyes, if an allergic reaction occurs.
Staying Away From Allergens
The most effective way to avoid eye allergies and allergens is to avoid coming in contact with the allergens which you are sensitive to. If you do go outside during allergy season, make sure to wear sunglasses that wrap around your face in order to shield your eyes from being exposed to allergens.
Taking your Contacts Off
If you wear contacts it is important to remove and clean them (if you don’t have disposable contacts) on a daily basis to avoid the buildup of allergens on the lens.
As mentioned previously, eye drops can sometimes be the cause of eye allergies, but they can also help relieve the allergy symptoms. In most cases, over the counter eye drops will work well for relieving the allergies.
If the mentioned remedies do not relieve the allergies visit a My Eyelab optometrist so that they may prescribe a stronger prescription. Some of the medications that may be prescribed are:
- Mast Cell Stabilizers
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
The best way to avoid eye allergies is to learn what your eyes are sensitive to and prepare in advance for allergy season.