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Spring is finally here and if you are like millions of other Americans so are spring allergies. If your eyes are itchy, red, tearing or burning you probably have an eye allergy, Common outdoor triggers are grass, tree and weed pollens. Those who spend time indoors can be affected by pet hair or dander, dust mites and mold.
 
Allergies happen when your eyes become sensitive to something in your environment. Your body reacts by releasing histamines to combat the allergen causing blood vessels in the eyes to swell, eyes to itch and become red and watery.
 
Though eye allergies can be quite uncomfortable damage to your eye is rarely done and there are treatment options available. One of the more common questions I get asked is can I just use an over the counter eye drop? Certain kinds of over the counter drops can be used for short periods of time. Most over the counter drops contain topical decongestants, like those found in Visine (naphazoline) which should only be used for a few days at a time.
 
When topical decongestants are used long term, a medical condition called conjunctivitis medicamentosa can develop. This can cause an increase in eye redness and irritation which creates more dependence on the eye drop for relief. If you are plagued with eye allergies talk with your eye care professional about prescribing an antihistamine/mast cell stabilizer combination eye drop,
 
There are things you can do to help with eye allergies. Avoid rubbing your eyes. This will only irritate them and make the condition worse, Try to reduce dust mite exposure in your home. Wash bedding often and use "mite proof" covers on your pillows. Use a damp rag to dust. Finally, wear glasses or sunglasses to help minimize pollen getting into your eyes.
 
Have further questions? Call our office and schedule your appointment. (419) 334-8121 or (419) 435-3482.
 

Contact Eye Centers Of Northwest Ohio

2311 Hayes Avenue
Fremont, Ohio 43420
(419) 334-8121
 
622 Parkway Drive
Fostoria, Ohio 44830
(419) 435-3482
 
Fremont: (419) 334-8121 - Fostoria: (419) 435-3482