A man standing outside surrounded by flowers rubbing his eyes due to allergies.

As the vibrant colours of spring emerge and nature awakens, so do seasonal allergies, leaving many of us with itchy and watery eyes. Springtime can be challenging for those who suffer from allergies, but there are ways to find relief and enjoy the season’s beauty.

Understanding Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic conjunctivitis, occur when the immune system reacts to airborne allergens such as pollen, mould, and dust. When allergens come into contact with the eyes, they can trigger a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including itching, redness, tearing, swelling, and a gritty sensation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help minimize symptoms. 

Eye Relief Tips

  1. Limit Exposure to Allergens: Try to stay indoors during peak pollen hours, usually in the morning and early evening. Keep windows closed and use an air purifier to filter the air. Wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses can help shield your eyes from allergens while outdoors.
  1. Use Artificial Tears: Use preservative-free artificial tears to flush out allergens and soothe irritation. Be sure to avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can exacerbate symptoms and cause further irritation. You can also keep your artificial tears in the fridge – the cooling effect can help with an allergic reaction.
  1. Cool Compresses: A cool cloth chilled in the refrigerator placed over the eyes can help provide temporary relief from itchy eyes caused by allergies.
  1. Practice Good Hygiene: Regularly wash your hands and face (but avoid getting tap water in your eyes) to remove pollen and other allergens that may have settled on your skin and eyelashes, especially after spending time outdoors.
  1. Use Allergy Medications: Over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and allergy eye drops can provide relief from allergy symptoms. Consult with your optometrist or family doctor to determine the most suitable medications for your needs.
  1. Maintain a Clean Environment: Regularly vacuum carpets, dust surfaces, and change air filters to minimize indoor allergens. Consider using hypoallergenic pillows and mattress covers to reduce exposure while sleeping.
  1. Consider Allergy Immunotherapy: For long-term relief, allergy shots or sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) may be recommended to desensitize the immune system to allergens and reduce the severity of symptoms over time.

The Best Place to Start

If you’re struggling to find relief from springtime eye allergies, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. We offer personalized care and treatment options tailored to your unique needs, helping you enjoy clear vision and comfortable eyes throughout the allergy season.