Allergy eyedrops are liquid medicines used to treat symptoms of eye allergies. Eye allergy symptoms include:
- A burning feeling in your eye
- Feeling like something is in the eye
- Itchy eyes
- Red (bloodshot) eyes
- Swollen eyelid
An eye allergy can be triggered by the same things that cause hay fever, such as:
- Pet dander
Certain medications or contact lenses can also be triggers.
Types of Allergy Eyedrops
Your doctor may first suggest you take these steps:
- Use artificial tears.
- Place a cold cloth on the eyes.
- Avoid your allergy triggers.
Which type of allergy eyedrop you use depends on:
- The cause of your allergy
- Your symptoms
- How much the symptoms affect your daily activities
If you really want to get rid of the eye related symptoms, one of the best options is to use eye drops for allergies that have an antihistamine ingredient to deal with the overload of histamine release that your body is giving you. A lot of seasonal allergies will come with a lot of Eye Allergy Symptoms that feel like a head cold: watery eyes, congestion, and a runny nose.
The reason these Eye Allergies Symptoms often appear together is that they're both caused by the same type of allergen. An Eye Allergy is usually called allergic conjunctivitis, which basically means that the conjunctiva, a thin layer of skin on the eye, is reacting to an airborne irritant.
The inner lining of your nose has the exact same type of skin layer, and as such they both tend to react at the same time. Most people have a common pollen allergy. This is when the pollen released from flowers Eye Allergies Causes an allergic reaction.
Certain times of year, such as late spring, are full of flower pollen, which is when most people experience symptoms. Other allergens crop up at different times of year. Weed pollen, for example, is usually around more in the early autumn months.
If you're allergic to pet dander or something that doesn't cycle throughout the year, there's a chance that you could be afflicted all year long. There are a lot of indoor allergens that a lot of people aren't aware of, and as a result they just think they happen to get sick a lot. A lot of people have allergies to mold and mildew, which can grow in some corner of your house without you even knowing it's there.
This can then lead to a chronic allergic response where you always feel at least some symptoms of your Eye Allergies.
The first step is of course to remove all potential allergens from your house, and in the meantime you can use eye drops for allergies to alleviate your symptoms a bit. Chronic allergic reactions have the potential to damage your eyes, so getting rid of everything that might be causing your allergies to flare up is the best way to Protect Your Eyesight.
Side Effects and Risks
As with any medicine, you should always follow the recommended instructions on the label. You shouldn’t use over-the-counter eyedrops for more than 2 to 3 days. If you use them for longer than that, it can make matters worse.
If you have an eye infection or glaucoma, you shouldn’t use eyedrops. Talk to your doctor about other options.
Some eyedrops may sting or burn when you place them in your eyes. It can help to store them in your fridge.
You can’t use many eyedrops while you wear contact lenses. Your doctor may tell you to remove your lenses before you use the drops and wait at least 10 minutes before you put them back in. Or you may not be able to wear contact lenses at all during treatment with eyedrops.
Your doctor might prescribe some prescription eye drops for allergies, which will usually have either an antihistamine or an anti-inflammatory, especially if you've been experiencing some swelling along with your other symptoms. Remember that there are ways to fight allergies.
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