Suffering from dry eyes is a common condition that occurs when your tears are unable to provide adequate lubrication for your eyes.
Other types of eye allergies can be a bit more complicated, but there are some general tips you can follow to help manage dry eyes and other allergies that can affect your eyes.
If you’ve ever suffered from dry eyes, then you’ll know how uncomfortable it can feel. Certain conditions may cause someone to suffer from dry eyes. An air-conditioned room, being a high-altitude, or even looking at a computer screen for extended periods can all cause dry eyes.
Common Symptoms Of Dry Eyes And Other Eye Allergies
It’s usually pretty easy to notice if there is something wrong with your eyes. If you feel your eyes stinging at all or experience any type of burning sensation, then you may well be suffering from dry eyes or beginning to contract an eye allergy.
Other symptoms to look out for include your eyes being sensitive to light, your eyes looking redder than usual, or any type of blurred vision or prolonged eye fatigue. Sometimes these symptoms may pass on their own, but if you notice any discomfort in your eyes for an extended period, then it may be time for a visit to the doctor.
Types Of Eye Allergies
There are two common types of eye allergies. Some are seasonal, while some are year-round. Eye allergies that occur seasonally usually come about in the spring and summer months.
Common triggers of seasonal eye allergies are allergens in the air, such as pollen from grasses, plants, and trees. Spores in mold and damp can also cause eye allergies to flare up during the spring and summer months.
Perennial allergies (those that happen year-round) are often caused by dust mites or pet dander. Eye allergies can be caused by certain perfumes, smoke, chlorine, and even certain medicines. If you’re at all uncertain about what is causing your eye allergy, then usually a doctor can give you tests that can determine the root cause.
How Can I Manage Dry Eyes and Eye Allergies?
Before you book that doctor’s appointment, it’s worth appraising yourself of the steps you can take by yourself to help combat dry eyes and other eye allergies. The first step you can take is staying inside when pollen counts are at their highest. Usually, pollen is at its highest in the middle of the morning or early in the evening.
If you want to limit your eyes exposure to dust mites, you can use special pillow covers that will keep allergens out, if your mattress is more than a few years old then you may want to consider getting a new one.
Contact West Boca Eye Center
If you’re suffering from an eye condition and your symptoms aren’t improving, then West Boca Eye Center is here to help. Dr. Brent Bellotte is a certified ophthalmologist and one of the leading eye doctors in Boca Raton.
Brent Bellotte MD specializes in helping patients solve their eye concerns, and his expertise will help reduce your discomfort and make sure your eyes are protected.