Eye allergies are quite uncomfortable to experience. Oftentimes they result in various symptoms like eye redness, burning, itching and clear, watery discharge. These may also appear alongside other allergic symptoms such as a stuffy nose, sniffling and sneezing.
However, you don’t always have to endure the discomfort of an eye allergy. Simply ask your optometrist and you’ll surely learn ways that you can relieve the symptoms such as:
Use Non-Prescription Eye Drops
You may start off with non-prescription eye drops, which are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness and water eyes. These drops are ideal for mild allergy symptoms and there are several brands that you can choose from.
Remove Your Contact Lenses
Let your eyes rest from contact lenses and reach out for your eyeglasses for the meantime. The surface of your contacts can attract and accumulate allergens, so over time they may cause irritation to your eyes. If your work or circumstances require you to wear contacts, you might want to consider wearing daily disposables instead. This way, you can prevent allergen buildup on the lenses.
Use Prescription Medications
If you have severe allergy symptoms or your non-prescription eye drops don’t seem to work, visit your eye doctor and ask about prescription medications. They can prescribe stronger medications like decongestants, antihistamines, or corticosteroid eye drops for eye allergy relief.
Avoid Exposure to Allergens
Of course, try to avoid being exposed to your allergy triggers as much as possible, especially during allergy season. Stay at home most of the time if you can, and make sure that your air conditioner filters are capable of trapping common allergens like dust and pet dander.
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