Spring is here, the birds are singing, and the trees and flowers are blooming. It has been a long winter, but there is much to look forward to. Spending more time outside is a welcome change for many but for millions of adults and young people it can bring on the daily onslaught of sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes from hay fever.
When hay fever affects the eyes it is termed seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, and is commonly caused by a sensitivity to grass or tree pollen. It is more common in those with a history of allergy or allergies in the family.
Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis can cause pink or red, itchy, watery, sticky eyes and can lead to a great deal of discomfort and distraction, but there are many treatments available.
As with any new problem you may develop with your eyes or vision it is important to have your eyes checked by a WECS accredited optometrist promptly, to make sure you get the appropriate treatment, at the right time.
The symptoms can usually be alleviated by
- avoiding exposure to pollen (if possible, this is easier said than done!)
- using cold compresses to soothe the eyes
- avoiding eye rubbing as this will make symptoms worse
- wearing glasses or sunglasses to shield your eyes from the pollen
- appropriate medication
Itchy eyes, watery eyes, red eyes, sticky eyes, blurry vision…you name it, we’ve got you covered this allergy season. Don’t suffer, please get in touch.