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UP IN THE AIR: Tips for Eye Allergy Sufferers

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For those who do not experience seasonal or environmental eye allergies, someone going through life with red eyes and a runny nose might appear to have the common cold. Unfortunately bed rest and vitamin C don’t do much to treat allergic conjunctivitis— the medical name for eye allergies. Millions of North Americans struggle with eye allergies and their symptoms with no permanent relief in sight. If you are one of the millions, consult the guide below for Vision Gallery’s tips for treating eye allergies.

COMMON CAUSES can include nearly all airborne particles, but specifically:

  • Pollen
  • Smoke
  • Perfume
  • Exhaust
  • Mold
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
COMMON SYMPTOMS are varied, but persist as long or long after exposure. They include:

  • Itchy or scratchy-feeling eyes;
  • Redness or irritation in and around eyes;
  • Burning or stinging sensation around eyes;
  • Swollen or puffy eyelids;
  • Excessive tears or clear discharge;
  • Any of the above in conjunction with sniffing, sneezing, runny nose or other nasal congestion.

If you suffer any of the above, consult with your eye doctor for treatment, care and a referral to a trusted allergist. Complications can arise if left untreated.

Preventative treatment can be difficult— but it is your best tool in the fight against allergies and their debilitating symptoms. Try the following tips, adjusting for your specific allergy triggers:

GENERAL

  • Do not rub your eyes, it will worsen symptoms;
  • Do not over-rely on allergy medicine;
  • Visit the Vision Gallery today for therapeutic eye drops or other treatment and advice– our medical experts are always happy to help!

POLLEN

  • Read pollen reports and stay inside when the concentration is highest;
  • Use air conditioning instead of opening windows at home or in the car;
  • Wear eyeglasses, sunglasses or protective eyewear when outside in pollen season.

DUST MITES

  • Use hypoallergenic sheets;
  • Wash sheets regularly at a high temperature;
  • Mop floors regularly.

MOLD

  • Use a dehumidifier, especially in damp areas (ie: basement);
  • Keep thermostat humidity settings below 50%;
  • Clean with diluted bleach or anti-mold solution in kitchen and bathrooms.

PET DANDER

  • Avoid sharing your bed with pets or clean sheets more often;
  • Vacuum with hypoallergenic filter and mop floors regularly;
  • Always wash your hands after touching a pet.
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