What to Expect When Living with Eye Allergies
Life with eye allergies can be fairly challenging. Millions of Americans are affected by allergic diseases and the difficult symptoms that come with allergies. Three out of 4 allergy patients reported itchy eyes as a top eye allergy symptom.1,2
When you are diagnosed, it is important to know there are over-the-counter and prescription medications available for eye allergy symptom relief.
Easy Tips to Help Manage Your Eye Allergy Symptoms
Eye allergies can impact your daily activities. Here are some tips to help manage your eye allergy symptoms:3,4,5,6,7
- Remove your contact lenses.
- Rinse your eyes with sterile solution and/or apply a cold, wet compress to irritated eyes.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes, despite how itchy they may be.
- Wash your hair before bed – pollen collected on your hair during the day won’t rub off onto your pillow if you shampoo and shower before bed.
- Close your windows and outside doors.
- Use the “recirculate” option when driving – do this instead of just having air come through the vents because this can still let pollen into your car.
- Be mindful of changing filters – it’s important to change heating and air conditioner filters at regular intervals.
- Adjust humidity level indoors – a humidity level of less than 50% is best if spores from mold cause your allergies. Consider using a dehumidifier, especially in a damp basement.
- Check allergy counts and prepare – The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s National Allergy Bureau offers a daily pollen and mold count by area, and you can opt for email notification as well. If pollen is high, try to schedule errands, exercise and other outings until later in the day when the counts tend to be lower.
Get a list of recommended questions to ask your doctor or eye care professional with the Eye Allergy Doctor Discussion Guide. They can work with you to develop the best treatment plan for your symptoms and lifestyle.