What Causes Eye Allergies?
The most common airborne allergens that cause eye allergies in the spring are pollen, mold, dust and pet dander. If you think your child has allergies, have them tested to be sure.
How can your child get some relief?
To get relief from eye allergies and itchy, watery eyes, you can take a few approaches to help your child:
You can of course avoid allergens. However, we all have busy lives and can’t exactly just AVOID allergy season all together!
So….for example, on days when the pollen count is high, stay indoors as much as possible, with the air conditioner running to filter the air. Use high quality furnace filters that can trap common allergens and replace the filters frequently.
When you do go outdoors during allergy season, have your child wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield their eyes from pollen, ragweed, etc., and drive with your windows closed.
Take out your child’s contact lenses (for older kids). The surface of contact lenses can attract airborne allergens, so consider wearing only eyeglasses during allergy season. Or consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you throw away after a single use to avoid the build-up of allergens on your lenses.
Try some over-the counter eye drops. Eye allergies are so common, there are a number of brands of non-prescription eye drops available that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness and watery eyes caused by allergies. We recommend SYSTANE Brand because it is gentle.
Some easy tips:
– See your eye doctor before allergy symptoms start this year to learn how to reduce your child’s sensitivity to allergens.
– Try to avoid what’s causing your child’s eye allergies, whenever possible.
– Try to encourage your child not to rub their eyes if they itch! This will release more histamine and make their eye allergy symptoms worse.
– Use plenty of artificial tears to wash airborne allergens from their eyes.
– Cut down contact lens wear or switch to daily disposable lenses to reduce the build-up of allergens on your lenses.
– Consider purchasing an air purifier for your home, and purchase an allergen-trapping filter for your furnace.
– Look at the pollen count map for the day before you go out.
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