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Posted by: Georgia Center for Sight

Allergy Season Ahead

If you suffer from dry, itchy, or watery eyes during the spring, our team at Georgia Center for Sight wants to help. Irritation from tree pollen is commonly referred to as a common case of ocular allergies or allergic conjunctivitis. Though this condition poses little threat to your long-term eyesight, it can be a very uncomfortable experience that lasts for an extended period of time.

 When you experience dryness, itchiness, or watering eyes due to pollen allergies, your body is undergoing a series of defense mechanisms to try to combat the allergen. Your immune system makes antibodies that release chemicals such as histamine, which lead to the unpleasant symptoms that you may experience. Though the most common reaction to ocular allergies is to simply wait it out, there are a few things you can do to minimize your symptoms and provide relief.

When pollen counts are highest, we recommend you stay indoors as much as possible. This may seem like a no-brainer, though many people ignore their symptoms in favor of the springtime weather. You can significantly reduce your eye irritation by removing the allergen from your environment, so staying indoors may provide to be your most valuable option.

 If you do need to spend outdoors, protective eyewear can also provide relief, such as sunglasses or prescription glasses. The reaction between contact lenses and pollen may also worsen your symptoms, so opt for your glasses instead. 

Additionally, sterile saline rinses and eye lubricants can soothe irritated eyes and help flush out allergens. Cold compresses may provide relief for irritated eyes. To prevent spreading the pollen, wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face. 

If you believe that your symptoms are more severe than usual, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team today.  Call our office at (800) 287-2519 or visit our website for more information.

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