Allergies or Dry Eyes

Each year spring comes and with it the sunny weather, rain storm,s and yep, you guessed it pollen! So are your eyes really dry or could your eye irritation just be from allergies? Lets find out!

Common Causes of Dry Eyes

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, (AAO), dry eyes can be caused by a number of things including environmental factors and underlying health conditions. Here are some of the more common reasons for dry eyes:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Smoke
  • Surgery
  • Heavy Wind or Dry Atmosphere
  • Computer Use
  • Medications
  • Medical Conditions

Common Triggers for Allergies

  • Smoke and Exhaust
  • Pollens
  • Pet Dander and Dust Mites
  • Molds
  • Chemicals
  • Perfumes

As you can see, many of the triggers for allergies can also be the cause of dry eyes. So whether you have allergies of not, there are several things you can do to alleviate the discomfort of dry eyes. First lets look at some of the symptoms of dry eyes:

Dry Eye Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Watering
  • Blurry Vision
  • Sensitivities to Light

So what’s a person to do? Talking with your Primary doctor and your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist should be at the top of your list to determine why you are experiencing dry eyes or if you need medications to help you combat dry eyes. But there are  some things you can do to alleviate dry in the present that will help to soothe you:

  • Choose eyeglasses over contacts if you are having dry eye problems
  • Be sure to wash your hands before touching your eye area  especially after touching animals or using harsh chemicals or perfumes and before handling Contact Lenses
  • Stay inside and close windows during high pollen count days
  • Wear sunglasses while outside to cut down on pollen contact and protect eyes
  • Use a Dehumidifier during wet months to cut down on molds
  • Wash bedding and clothing regularly to cut down on mites and allergens
  • Always keep your hands and face washed after exposure to allergens, indoors or outdoors

 


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Sources: Medical News Today

AAO.org

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