WHAT ARE EYE ALLERGIES?
No one looks forward to allergy season. Dry and itchy eyes can disrupt your work, school, and holiday schedules. Although they affect people differently, eye allergies can be pretty irritating.
Pollen, mold, dust, or pet dander can cause your eyes to become inflamed and itchy. Throw in weather and seasonal factors, and your eyes could be wishing for better days ahead.
When your eye area becomes inflamed, it can lead to other symptoms. The key is to remember that these should be temporary. Eye swelling, tearing, stinging/burning, redness, and sometimes temporarily blurred vision are the most common symptoms with eye allergies.
The best defense is to try to avoid the allergens that cause your symptoms, but that’s not always possible. If you wear contacts, it may help to remove them and rinse your eyes with artificial tears if you are exposed to allergens. Some over-the-counter or prescription treatments may be an option. Talk to your eye care professional about the best treatment for your allergies.
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