If your eyes itch and are red, tearing or burning, you may be experiencing eye allergies. Otherwise known as allergic conjunctivitis, a condition that affects millions of Americans. Many people will treat their nasal allergies, but ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes.
Eye Allergy Symptoms
The symptoms can occur alone but usually accompany the sneezing, sniffling or stuffy nose found with nasal allergies:
- Eye redness and irritation
- Burning or soreness
- Clear, watery discharge
- Light sensitivity
Eye Allergy Triggers
- Outdoor allergens – such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
- Indoor – dust mites and mold
- Irritants – cigarette smoke, perfume, diesel exhaust
Eye Allergy Management and Treatment
Avoid triggers and making changing to your home and lifestyle.
- Try to keep windows closed during high pollen periods and use air conditioning in the home and car.
- Wear sunglasses when outdoors to keep the pollen out of your eyes.
- Use ‘mite-proof’ bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites and a dehumidifier to control mold.
- Wash hands after exposure to any animal.
Control some symptoms with nonprescription medications sold over the counter:
- Artificial tears
- Decongestant eyedrops (do not use eyedrops for ‘red-eye’ longer than one week, or they can make things worse.)
The first step is to talk to an ophthalmologist to ensure that there are no underlying issues related to your symptoms. You may be prescribed special eye drops, a non-sedating oral antihistamine, or need an allergy shot. Call Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today at 1-800-237-EYES (3937) to schedule an appointment at any of our three (3) convenient locations in Dearborn, Livonia or Madison Heights.