Spring Allergies and Eye Care

For many people, the arrival of spring is a highly-anticipated event. The warmer weather and blooming plants are a welcome change to the chilly winter just endured. While most are happy when spring arrives, for the millions who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring can be a bothersome time.

Allergy sufferers have over-active immune systems. When spring pollens hit, the defense mechanisms in the eyes, nose and throat mistake it for a threat and start working to expel the “invader.” A runny nose and watery eyes is your body’s way of flushing out the system. This process isn’t pleasant for allergy sufferers, and even potentially carries mild threats to your eye health. If you experience spring allergies in Phoenix, it’s important to understand how your eye care can be affected.

Don’t Rub Itchy Eyes!

While the sensation to rub itchy eyes can be tempting, it is very important not to do so when suffering from seasonal allergies. The fine particles that fill the spring air can cause microabrasions – tiny tears – on your cornea which can contribute to vision problems.

Treat Allergies Early and Often

For most people, standard over-the-counter antihistamines are all that are needed to keep seasonal allergies in check. However, these medicines do not work for all allergy sufferers, and some can causes dryness in the eyes. Treating ocular allergy symptoms does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. There are many factors that go into getting the right treatment for your symptoms. When you visit your doctor about your eye allergies it is important to accurately describe your symptoms so you can be prescribed the most effective medication that safely and efficiently relieves your symptoms.

Don’t just endure the spring season with eye allergies. If you suffer from eye allergies in Phoenix, contact Associated Retina Consultants at 602-242-4928 or associatedretinaconsultants.com to discuss eye care options that can help you enjoy this wonderful time of year.

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