If you are experiencing red eyes, itchy eyes or watery eyes it could be due to spring eye allergies. For some, spring time is pollen season, marking the onset of uncomfortable symptoms such as red eyes, itchy eyes, stinging, burning and watery eyes. Seasonal eye allergies are largely due to the realease of tree and flower pollen into the air and can result in a severe impact on everyday functioning for those that suffer from them.
How can you protect your eyes this pollen season? If at all feasible, try to decrease contact with allergens by remaining indoors, especially when the pollen count is high. Closing windows, cooling off with air conditioners and putting on full-coverage shades when exposed to the elements may also protect your eyes from allergens in the air. A HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter can be used filter irritants from the air inside your home or office.
Since most of us leave the house on occasion, certain medications can treat symptoms such as red eyes, watery eyes or itchy eyes. It's possible that a basic over-the-counter rewetting drop with soothe and relieve itchy eyes or red eyes and flush out irritants. Medications containing antihistamines, decongestants or mast cell stabilizers will reduce inflammation of the eyes as well as other symptoms such as cold-like symptoms. Eye drops are sometimes recommended because they can work more quickly and effectively than pills or liquid medications to treat eye problems.
Approximately 54 million people have allergies, almost 50% of which are eye allergies. Eye allergies often run in their families and are the result of a hyper-sensitivity to an irritant in 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 red, itchy eyes, don't rub them. Doing so can just increase the inflammation. Since often products that work to alleviate symptoms do need a prescription, if over-the-counter medications are not working for you, schedule a visit with your eye doctor.