As with all allergies, eye allergies start with your immune system. The symptoms you have are your body’s way of trying to eradicate what it thinks is a threat to your health. Yes, the effects of eye allergies can be very bothersome and frustrating to deal with. When you are experiencing eye allergy symptoms that are moderate to severe, call us to schedule an examination with one of our Spring Valley eye doctors. Much needed relief is just around the corner.
Fortunately, eye allergies don’t pose a danger to your vision nor to the overall well-being of your eyes. That’s the good news. The less than stellar news is that they can make you feel downright rotten. About 20% of people have eye allergies, so it is quite common. When you get symptoms such as burning and watery eyes, redness, itching, and swollen eyelids, it’s difficult to ignore them and get on with your daily routine. Very often, nasal symptoms also show up as part of having eye allergies, forming a doubly uncomfortable situation for you. If your symptoms are mild to moderate, over the counter remedies may be enough to alleviate them. More severe symptoms, or even milder symptoms that have not responded to medication should be addressed by our Spring Valley eye doctors.
In the meantime, there are some measures you can take that are often effective in lessening symptoms. Bedding is a common trigger for eye allergies, so wash all your sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and other bed dressings in hot water of at least 130 degrees. If that does not do the trick, it may be time to consider replacing your mattress since they usually accumulate allergens over time. You may also want to consider allergen resistant pillow cases and bedding materials that are available. When pollen counts are high, keep your windows closed and use air-conditioning if at all possible. Also, avoid rubbing your eyes during an eye allergy flareup since that will only make your symptoms worse. Our Spring Valley eye doctors want to prevent you from suffering with eye allergies. Consult with us when yours are giving you trouble. There’s no need to be uncomfortable when you don’t have to be.