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Fall Allergies + Your Eyes

Most people associate springtime with allergies and itchy eyes, but 75 percent of people with springtime allergies also have reactions to ragweed in the fall. Autumn can be worse than spring for some people. We’ve got some ways for you to help manage and prevent those symptoms so you can enjoy the season!

Causes

Ragweed

Mold

Dust Mites

Symptoms

Itching

Redness

Burning

Light Sensitivity

Watery eyes

Prevention and Treatments

Over the counter allergy medicines and antihistamines can help manage symptoms, but consult with a doctor to see which one you should choose. Artificial tears can help relieve some of the itchiness in your eyes, as well. Try not to rub your eyes and make symptoms worse! If they persist or over the counter medications don’t bring relief, contact an allergist that can conduct tests that reveal eye allergies.

 

To help prevent the symptoms from occurring in the first place, be sure to stay indoors and keep windows closed when pollen is at its worst. This is usually late morning to midday. You can also check your local pollen forecast to see how bad it is in your area. While you’re indoors, installing a HEPA filter in your AC system can effectively remove small particles of allergens in the air.

 

If you do head outdoors, wear your glasses or sunglasses. Wearing a mask while raking leaves can prevent you from inhaling mold spores. After spending time outdoors, leave your shoes and jacket at the door and change out of any clothing that could have pollen on it. Wash your laundry as soon as possible.

 

Contact wearers should be taking them out and cleaning them appropriately. Proper eye care is crucial for treating allergy symptoms.

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