Itchy Scratchy Eyes?

Itchy Scratchy Eyes?

As much as I’m sure all of us are looking forward to spring by now, it brings with it a whole host of problems that this long winter has let us forget about. Muddy parks and blocked storm drains can be a mild inconvenience compared to the red, itchy, scratchy eyes and ever-runny noses that plague many of us during allergy season. Especially when all we want to do is get outside and inhale the warm (-ish) spring air.

Although it is tempting to just try to battle through the irritation and accept your fate, it is worth noting that a few other options are available to you to stop the ever-constant eye rubbing.

As those allergens -whatever they may be in your case- get onto the surface of our eyes they cause the tissue surrounding them to become inflamed causing what we call allergic conjunctivitis. Ocular allergies will normally present themselves as itchy, watery eyes that may be accompanied by some redness, with both eyes having roughly the same severity of symptoms. Depending on how severe these symptoms are they can require different treatment plans.

For occasional, mild ocular allergies sometimes relief can be as easy as a cool washcloth held gently over the eyelids to limit the inflammation. Artificial tears will also help to irrigate the surface and drain the allergens. Certain artificial tears like Hylo Dual will also contain active ingredients to help protect against symptoms of allergies.

As the allergies get more severe so too does the necessary treatment, and prescription combination antihistamine/mast cell stabilizing eye drops that work to provide both immediate and sustained relief from symptoms will often dramatically reduce or eliminate your symptoms. These drops only need to be put in one or two times a day and if taken before allergy season starts they can help to nip those allergies in the bud!

If you know that this time of year is when your allergies flare-up, or if you struggle with them all year ‘round give us a call and we can see what the best treatment plan for you is!

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