Spring Eye Allergies
Spring. Known for April showers, fresh flowers and… allergies? That’s right, with the new season comes a new set of pesky eye irritations brought on by allergic conjunctivitis. So what is this seasonal problem and how can you keep symptoms at bay?
What are spring eye allergies?
Spring eye allergies and allergic conjunctivitis are your body’s immune response to irritants such as pollen, dust and changes in the weather. The blood vessels in your eyes start to swell and can make them itchy, watery, red and teary.
What are the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies?
Typically, spring eye allergy symptoms begin as soon as your eyes come in contact with allergens — pollen, dust, etc. However, symptoms may not appear for two to four days. So what should you look out for?
Often caused by the blood vessels in your eyes swelling.
Can accompany nasal allergy symptoms such as a runny nose or cough.
Soreness or Pain
Can occur from rubbing your eyes or dryness brought on by pollen.
Will appear in one or both eyes and is an immune reaction to allergens.
May occur after direct or indirect contact with the allergen.