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What Causes Eye Allergies?


What Causes Itchy Eyes?

Understanding Eye Allergies

Seasonal allergy eyes occur when airborne pollutants like dust and pollen come in contact with the clear membrane that covers the eyes (conjunctiva) and are incorrectly perceived as something dangerous, thus, the eyes overreact. That overreaction is really just their way of saying, “Hey! Something’s trying to hurt us,” even though it isn’t.

Seasonal Allergy Eye Symptoms

Symptoms of seasonal allergy eyes include:

  • itchy eyes
  • red eyes
  • tearing
  • swelling and puffiness of the eyelids
  • the feeling of something caught in your eye
  • burning eyes
  • watery eyes

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Causes of Seasonal Allergy Eyes

Seasonal allergy eyes are triggered by everyday things like:

  • pollen
  • animal hair
  • pet dander
  • grass
  • dust
  • weeds
  • ragweed
  • mold

Relief of Seasonal Allergy Eye Symptoms

Ways to help relieve your seasonal allergy eye symptoms include:

  • allergy eye drops like VISINE-A® Eye Allergy Relief

You can also manage your symptoms by:

Indoor Tips

  1. Cleaning regularly to remove allergies like dust, mold, and pet dander.
  2. Keeping windows and doors closed to keep allergens out.
  3. Running air conditioners and air filters to sift out allergens.
  4. Cleaning and changing the air filters in both furnaces and air conditioners to keep indoor air fresh and allergen-free.
  5. Using allergy-proof covers on pillows, mattresses and other bedding to keep dust mites away.
  6. Minimizing carpeting that retains dust mites.
  7. Minimizing clutter to reduce allergens.

Outdoor Tips

  1. Checking the pollen count each day before heading outdoors. Usually, counts are highest between 5AM and 10AM.
  2. Showering after being active outdoors. This will remove allergens that might have stuck to you.
  3. Using 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.
  4. Avoiding hanging laundry outdoors, as allergens can stick to your clothes.
  5. Wearing glasses when going outdoors to help shield your eyes from allergens.
  6. Choose a daily disposable contact lens, if you wear them, to minimize allergen accumulation.

For more severe symptoms of seasonal allergy eyes, please consult your eye doctor.