It’s that time of year again! As the trees blossom and the grass grows, our eye allergies also kick into gear. The most common allergens to affect the eyes are tree and grass pollen, and ragweed.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year. In 2015, 8.2% of adults and 8.4% of children were diagnosed with hay fever.

The most common symptoms of eye allergies include:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Itchiness
  • Tearing or runny eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Soreness, burning, or pain
  • Sensitivity to light

Our friendly and knowledgeable team can help you navigate seasonal allergies with expert advice and treatment that will calm your irritated eyes and let you get back to enjoying the spring weather.

Dr. Ashley Marvin is our principal optometrist and has spent many years helping patients find solutions to their eye allergy symptoms. Dr. Marvin will review your medical history to help determine the safest and best treatment for you.

How Can I Alleviate Allergy Symptoms?

It isn’t always easy to avoid allergy symptoms. Spring seems to appear overnight, leaving sufferers scrambling to prevent or relieve their irritated eyes. There are some helpful steps you can take to avoid being overwhelmed by the arrival of seasonal allergies. In order to do this, it’s useful to know exactly what causes eye allergies.

Types of Allergens

The most common triggers include:

  • Outdoor allergens such as pollen
  • Indoor allergens such as pets, dust, and mold
  • Irritants such as cigarettes and perfumes

Once the cause of your allergies has been determined, we can then recommend preventative solutions, like eye drops, to alleviate your symptoms.

How to Prevent Eye Allergies

  1. If you suspect you are experiencing an allergic reaction to things like pollen, close your windows and turn on the air conditioning to help reduce the amount coming into your home.
  2. Use wraparound sunglasses when outdoors to prevent allergens from getting in your eyes.
  3. Control the moisture in your home with an air purifier and dehumidifier. These affordable materials can control the level of dust, pollen, and mold in your home.
  4. Wash your hands if you have been outside, as residue may have come into contact with them.
  5. Take a proactive approach to prevent eye irritation. Use artificial tears, decongesting eye drops, or oral antihistamines to control the severity of your reaction.

We offer a large selection of preventative options for allergy sufferers. Our friendly team understands how uncomfortable eye allergies can be and will work with you to find a tailored solution to improve your symptoms.

Contact us today for advice, or to arrange an appointment at our St Louis eye clinic and start taking back control of your Springtime allergies!