Eye Allergy

Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For and how to deal with the condition

Symptoms

Itching

Redness

Burning

Clear, watery discharge

 

Eye Allergy Triggers

Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds

Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold

Irritants, such as cigarette smoke, perfume and diesel exhaust

Eye Allergy Management & Treatment

Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and to your behaviour.

  • Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mold.
  • Wash your hands after petting any animal.

Control some symptoms with nonprescription medications, sold over the counter:

  • Artificial tears
  • Decongestant eye drops (don’t use eye drops for “red eye” longer than a week, or they can make things worse)
  • Oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)

See an allergist for prescription medications, which may be more effective:

  • Eye drops (decongestant, antihistamine, mast cell stabilizer, corticosteroid, NSAID)
  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
  • No sedating oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)

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