Eyes and Spring Allergies

We are all feeling excited that Spring is not only beautiful, but finally here. While it certainly feels that spring has sprung, many of us aren’t as excited as we should be. Why? Allergies. With spring comes pollen – flowering trees, fresh cut grass and dust. Those of us with allergies walk around like its cold and flu season coughing sneezing and fully stocked with tissues.

Eye allergies affect one in five Americans. Typical allergy symptoms of itchy watery eyes can be treated with the same over the counter antihistamines that help sneezing, coughing and itching. These range from Zyrtec, Benadryl to Claritin. It is always best to consult your doctor before taking any over the counter medications, especially if you are on any prescribed medications or have other medical conditions.

Eye allergy symptoms can be annoying but they pose little threat to eyesight other than temporary discomfort and blurriness. Eye drops can solve the temporary burning and blurred vision. Ask your doctor for their recommendation. If you find eye drops aren’t resolving your symptoms, call your eye doctor to make an appointment. The symptoms may be caused by a larger eye problem. Chronic dry eye, blepharitis and many others will give you the same symptoms as eye allergies.

Interesting Fact: Listed in the 10 worst Cities for Spring allergies was Buffalo, N.Y. ranked no. 10. Buffalo is the sunniest and driest springs in the Northeast. That means pollen sticks around longer – and has more time to make your eyes water.

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