An Eye on Allergies

We have all experienced the pesky symptoms of allergies in some form or other throughout our lives. But the most annoying allergies of them all stem from anything and everything that affects the eyes, specifically the mast cells in your eyes. It is these mast cells that release histamine causing the blood vessels in your eyes to swell, and become red, watery and itchy. There is really nothing worse than red, itchy, irritated eyes and the blurred vision and utter misery that accompany such allergy symptoms. It is important to identify exactly which airborne allergens affect your eyes so that you can either explore treatment options, or simply avoid such allergens. Chances are, most of your allergies are genetic and inherited. If this is the case, avoiding airborne allergens is the only viable solution.

Conjunctivitis: Affects of Airborne Allergens on your Eyes

Take one step outside and you’re already susceptible to the affects of airborne allergens on your eyes, the most common of which is pollen from the surrounding trees and grass. Most of the time, you’ll notice such allergic reactions seasonally. The result of such allergens is allergic conjunctivitis, or itchy, red, watery and swollen eyes. Besides the obvious discomfort caused by such irritation, improper treatment can result in permanent eye damage. It is important to treat conjunctivitis symptoms by discovering what exactly caused them and avoiding those allergens completely. You may even consider carrying approved eye drops, creams or ointments with you during high-pollen seasons to avoid continued discomfort.

You don’t necessarily have to venture outdoors to experience the affects of conjunctivitis. Pet hair, dust mites, pet dander and molds are the most common culprits for indoor eye irritation. Please don’t blame your pets because it’s not their fault. Pet fur has the incredible ability to attract and carry allergens that affect your eyes. Worst of all, these allergens result in perennial allergic conjunctivitis, a year-round condition. In addition, there are other common allergens that may trigger discomfort in your eyes. Certain perfumes, air fresheners, exhaust fumes or cigarette smoke can definitely ramp up the symptoms of this type of conjunctivitis. These irritants may cause non-allergenic symptoms that exacerbate your inherited allergies.

Each of these eye allergies are either inherited or developed when your body’s immune system overreacts to an allergen that is otherwise harmless. From forcing you to constantly rub your eyes thus making things worse, to limiting your day-to-day activities, the affects of airborne allergens on your eyes can bring daily life to an irritated, grinding halt. Solutions to ease your discomfort are out there, including eye drops, creams and other ointments that you can purchase over the counter or have prescribed to you by your optometrist. Should you feel any eye irritation coming on, be aware of your surroundings so you can identify the cause and address it next time.

Have you ever experienced conjunctivitis? How did you treat it?

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2 Responses to An Eye on Allergies

  1. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  2. I know that there some products or common allergens that may trigger discomfort in your eyes. Do you have a recommendations for what is best? Or should I consult a doctor?

    Terry Merritt
    opcon-A eye drops

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