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Tips for Managing Spring Eye Allergies

Spring brings flowers, longer days, and itchy eyes. Millions of Americans experience seasonal allergies that flare up when spring blooms. Symptoms can include redness, tearing, burning, and itching eyes.

Here are some tips from Eden Prairie Eye Care for managing your spring eye allergies.

Symptoms and Causes of Spring Eye Allergies

Symptoms of spring eye allergies include the following:

  • Burning

  • Itching

  • Grittiness

  • Redness

  • Clear, watery discharge

  • Swelling

  • Sensitivity to light

Spring eye allergies are triggered by both indoor and outdoor pathogens. Everything that laid dormant all winter is emerging, such as:

  • Pollen from trees, grass, weeds, and flowers

  • Mold

  • Dust

  • Pet dander

Eye allergies could also be reactions to certain eye drops, detergents, or other household products used primarily in spring. That’s why it’s so important to consult your eye doctor before starting any treatment.

Tips for Managing Spring Eye Allergies

Often times, keeping your seasonal allergies under control is as simple as making a few adjustments to your lifestyle. For example:

  • Wash your hands after touching animals

  • Using the AC instead of opening your windows, especially during peak pollen counts

  • Avoid rubbing - or even touching - your eyes

  • Consider replacing carpeting with hardwood, linoleum, or tile flooring to limit your exposure to dander and must

  • Wear glasses and sunglasses to avoid pollen entering the eye

  • Clean your floors regularly

  • Invest in mite-proof bedding and pillows

If these lifestyle changes don’t alleviate your spring eye allergies, you’ll need to speak with your optometrist about over-the-counter or prescription medications. Some options include:

  • Artificial tears

  • Oral antihistamines

  • Prescription medication

Remember: managing spring eye allergies involves regular visits to your eye doctor.

Checkups with your optometrist will help detect issues early. Allergies can cause inflammation and, when not treated, inflammation can result in vision loss.

Schedule a Spring Appointment With Eden Prairie Eye Care

If your itchy, red, swollen eyes are preventing you from enjoying the beautiful weather in spring, it’s time to make an appointment with Eden Prairie Eye Care. Our staff has extensive experience with both adults and children, providing comprehensive care for the entire family.

Contact our offices at (952) 944-2792 or through our online form and get the eye relief you need to thrive!


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