Rubbing itchy eyes is a natural response. However, rubbing usually worsens the allergic reaction due to the physical impact on the mast cells, which causes them to release more mediators. Translation: Do not rub your eyes! Instead, wash your eyelids and lashes when they are bothersome, since allergens can get caught in eyelashes and be pushed into eyes.
Eye Allergy Management
Aside from using allergy eye drops such as VISINE®-A® eye drops, there are a number of ways you can manage your allergies and keep symptoms at bay.
Clean regularly to remove allergies like dust, mold and pet dander.
Keep windows and doors closed to keep allergens out.
Run air conditioners and air filters to sift out allergens.
Clean and change the air filters in both furnaces and air conditioners to keep indoor air fresh and allergen-free.
Use allergy-proof covers on pillows, mattresses and other bedding to keep dust mites away.
Minimize carpeting that retains dust mites.
Minimize clutter to reduce allergens.
Check the pollen count each day before heading outdoors. Usually, counts are highest between 5AM and 10AM.
Shower after being active outdoors. This will remove allergens that might have stuck to you.
Use a sterile saline eyewash or soothing wipe to clean your eyes before using an over-the-counter eye drop that relieves redness and acts as an effective antihistamine.
Avoid hanging laundry outdoors, as allergens can stick to your clothes.
Wear glasses when going outdoors to help shield your eyes from allergens.
Choose a daily disposable contact lens, if you wear them, to minimize allergen accumulation.
Make sure you’re aware of your other allergy symptoms so you can treat them. Often, a fast-acting oral antihistamine can help you combat allergies from the inside out.
6 Quick Tips for Eye Allergy Prevention
1. Don't rub!
2. Keep windows and doors closed to
keep allergens out
3. Clean regularly to remove dust and
4. Use air filters in both furnace and air conditioners (and don't forget to change them!)