March 2017 Eye Allergies

March 2017 Eye Allergies

Spring is almost here! Plants are starting to bloom and flowers begin filling our world with fragrance and beauty. But these budding beauties also send out a massive amount of pollen that can cause allergic reactions that include eyes that water, itch, hurt or become red and swollen. Eye allergy symptoms can be very annoying, but they usually do not threaten eyesight other than temporary blurriness. However, these same symptoms could also be the result of an infection or other conditions which can damage your eyesight.

We can’t get rid of our allergies, but knowing what causes them and how to avoid them can help us to enjoy this time of year. Here are some ways that can help:

  • Keep doors and windows closed.
  • Try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Get an air conditioning filter that traps allergens.
  • Shower after being outside during a high pollen count day and toss clothes in the wash.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Lubricate your eyes with over-the-counter artificial tears.
  • Medicate with allergy medication either prescription or over-the-counter.
If you are having eye problems and need an appointment call McMillin eyecare today at 423-239-5491.

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