I hope you had the opportunity to experience the wonderful warm weather we’ve had in Indiana this week. 70 degrees in March? I can hardly believe it.
Unfortunately the warm weather can also bring seasonal allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, four percent of them cite eye allergies as their primary allergy.
Eye allergies are caused by a reaction to indoor and outdoor allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites or pet dander. These allergens get into your eyes and cause inflammation of the tissue inside your eyelid. Your eyes can also be aggravated by other irritants like dirt, smoke and chlorine. Certain medications or cosmetics can also bother your eyes.
Symptoms of eye allergies include red, itchy, burning, tearing or swollen eyes. You may also experience a runny or itchy nose, sneezing, couching or a headache.
The best way to prevent eye allergies is to avoid substances that trigger them. If you wear contact lenses and suffer from eye allergies, I suggest discussing single use contact lenses with your Indiana Optometrist.
Check back next week for more tips on dealing with eye allergies. Now get outside and enjoy this weather!