What are eye allergies?
Eye Allergies symptoms
- Redness in the white part of the eye.
- Itchy eyes
- Puffiness of the eyes
- Burning sensation in the eyes
- Watery clear discharge from the eyes
Home Remedies to treat eye allergies
When pollen counts are high, try staying indoors and keep the house clean
Wear sunglasses or protective glasses to prevent eyes from pollen when you step outside the house
Wash your face and eyes twice or thrice a day
Vacuum (or thoroughly clean) your house regularly during summers to remove all the pollens and dust debris
Do not rub the eyes as intense rubbing can increase the inflammation
Avoid using contact lenses if there is any burning or itching in the eyes
Use over-the-counter moisturising eye drops to dilute the allergens. Some eye drops can treat redness and allergies, while others work like artificial tears to reduce dryness in the eyes
You can also try Cold Compress. Apply cotton swabs dipped in cold water to relieve burning and itching or you can use ice packs.
It is recommended to visit an eye doctor if you have severe eye allergies or allergic conjunctivitis as only medical treatment can help treat those kinds of allergies.
Eye allergies Treatment
Usage of anti-inflammatory eye drops as prescribed by the doctor leads to reduced inflammation of the eyes
Allergies are caused due to histamine release. Usage of prescribed oral or over the counter antihistamine drops can reduce effect of histamine
Usage of Olopatadine hydrochloride eye drops relieves redness and itchiness of the eye
Nasal decongestants help in lowering the pressure in the eyes that is majorly caused due to sinus congestion
Low potency steroid eye drops like loteprednol and fluorometholone are effective in treating severe eye allergies. These eye drops reduce swelling and improve the immune response of the body. You should consult an eye doctor before using steroid eye drops.
Article: How To Keep Eye Allergies in Summer At Bay
Author: CFS Editorial Team | Apr 07 2021 | UPDATED 02:00 IST
*The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Centre for Sight.