Spring Symptoms: 7 Ways to Soothe Eye Allergies

Spring promises new beginnings and fairer weather. However, it can also create seasonal allergies that can lead to swollen and itchy eyes, as well as headaches and congestion. To prevent these problems, you need to focus on both prevention and treatment of symptoms. 


What Are Eye Allergies?


Also known as allergic conjunctivitis, eye allergies are quite common. They often occur when your eyes react to an allergen and produce histamine to combat the allergen. The main symptoms of eye allergies are tearing, itching, burning, and/or red eyes. 

Conjunctivitis affects millions of Americans. More than 30 percent of kids in the U.S. suffer from this condition. About 30 to 50 percent of kids with one parent with allergies develop conjunctivitis. Also, 60 to 80 percent of kids who have two allergic parents develop eye allergies.


How to Prevent Eye Allergies


Conjunctivitis can feel downright miserable. Eye allergies can make it difficult for sufferers to perform everyday activities. They can also interfere with your sleep and cause fatigue. Dark circles may develop under your eyes as well. Hence, it is vital to learn how to deal with this condition. Some of the ways to soothe eye allergies during the allergen season include:


Avoid Seasonal Allergens

The best way to minimize or prevent eye allergies during the spring season is to avoid or limit your exposure to allergens. You should create an actionable plan that includes steps such as:


  • Keep your windows and doors closed during the spring season

  • Change your HVAC filters before you turn on your cooling system for the first time

  • Perform some spring cleaning before temperatures begin to rise

  • Clean your home and working space more frequently

  • Check your local pollen levels as part of your daily routine


These measures will help protect your eye health during the allergy season


Rinse Your Eyes With a Saline Solution


Conjunctivitis can lead to changes in your tear production. You may experience excess tearing or dry eyes due to allergies. Most of this type of eye irritation stems from airborne allergens. To minimize your symptoms, rinse your eyes with a saline solution whenever necessary.


Do Not Wear Contact Lenses for the First Month


Are you prone to allergy-related eye problems or irritation? If so, you should avoid wearing your contact lenses for the first month or so of the spring season. Contact lenses do not cause eye allergies. However, they can worsen any symptoms that do appear. Schedule an eye exam to ensure that your eyeglass prescription is current and make necessary updates. 


Use Eyedrops

Medicated eye drops can help relieve some of the symptoms of conjunctivitis. Antihistamine or decongestant eye drops can control eye itchiness, redness, and other symptoms of this condition. 


Cold Therapy

Cold therapy can provide soothing relief for many of the symptoms of eye allergies. It can also help improve the appearance of the skin around your eyes. Simply use a soft compress or cloth designed for use in the eye area. 


Wear Sunglasses When Outdoors

If you often need to be outdoors, you should wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from direct contact with seasonal allergens. If you need to use corrective lenses, consult your eye doctor about the appropriate pair of sunglasses to wear during the spring season.


Wash Your Face and Hands Frequently

Allergens may get into your eyes from contact with your hair or skin. So if you are prone to eye allergies, you should wash your hands and face more frequently during the allergy season. Doing so will reduce the concentration of allergens on your hair and skin.

For more on eye allergies, contact Omaha Primary EyeCare at our office in Elkhorn, Nebraska. You can call 402-383-0780 to schedule an appointment today.