Even before we see the sunny weather, blooming flowers, and greening trees, there are a few sure signs that spring is near. You’re more likely to feel the season change versus seeing it with your own eyes. The problem is, sometimes, it’s your eyes that get hit the worst with the first signs of spring.
My eyes are itchy and watery, what’s going on?
Considering the time of year, chances are your eyes are reacting to pollen, according to Ari Fartash, OD. Allergens stimulate the histamines located in the eyes causing the watery, itchy and red eyes, said Fartash. Pet dander, dust, dirt and cigarette smoke can also cause a similar reaction to plant allergies.
So, what can you do to keep your symptoms at bay?
Avoid allergens. Stay indoors to limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. If you do go outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, dust, etc.
Remove contacts. Contact lenses can attract allergens and accumulate throughout the day. Consider wearing your glasses or switching to daily disposable contacts during allergy season.
Over-the counter eye drops. There are a number of allergy drops that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness, and watery eyes.
Prescription medications. If the symptoms won’t go away you might need something stronger. Visit your nearest VSP-network doctor to discuss if a prescription medication is right for you.