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High levels of pollen, mold, dust, and other irritants can make for miserable eyes! These airborne allergens may be the primary culprit of watery, itchy eyes, but relief may be closer than you think.
If allergens are making you weepy, your eyes are telling you something. "Pay attention to your eyes," explains Amy Treski, OD, a VSP doctor at Optique Boutique in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. "Itching, redness, and swelling of the eyes and eyelids, are common allergy symptoms—itching being the most uncomfortable and swelling the most persistent symptom." For some immediate relief on days when your allergies are mild, try some do-it-yourself remedies.
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Contact lens wearers should wait at least 15 minutes after using any allergy eye drops before putting in lenses.
It's important to note that allergy eye drops can offer immediate relief, but with long-term use, they can weaken blood vessels in your eyes and make your eyes redder.
Prescription drops may be the answer if you suffer from allergies with persistent, moderate to severe symptoms. "There are prescription medications that have a dual action of a mast cell stabilizer and an antihistamine—this blocks the effect of allergens and quickly relieves itching to offer long-lasting relief," says Dr. Treski.
Dr. Treski suggests visiting your VSP doctor if allergy symptoms are prolonged or get worse. Your doctor will be able to determine if what you're experiencing is caused by seasonal allergies or other irritants.