For many people, the changing of seasons is not only marked by a change in weather, but also in the development of eye allergy symptoms. If you’re a sufferer of seasonal allergies, you know the feeling all too well: red, puffy, watery eyes that seem to itch no matter how hard or how much you scratch.
Allergies develop when your immune system overreacts to environmental items that are generally harmless. These can be seasonal, such as pollen allergies (think hayfever), or situational (dander from pets). In either case, your body overreacts and produces histamines- creating the uncomfortable symptoms associated with eye allergies.
If you are a persistent sufferer of allergies, we recommend that you seek allergy testing to determine exactly what you are allergic to. Often, many people guess based on anecdotal information; estimations are often wrong and can delay appropriate identification and treatment.
The most obvious signs that you may be suffering from eye allergies are the symptoms associated:
As cliche as it sounds, the best way to manage eye allergies is to avoid exposure to the allergen. If you are unsure of what specifically you are allergic to, allergy testing is recommended.
There are numerous ways to mitigate symptoms associated with eye allergies: