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Spring allergies in Texas can be brutal, especially in Dallas. In 2013, The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Dallas 23rd worst big city in the country for allergies.
Allergies affect people in different ways, causing any combination of annoying and even painful symptoms. Allergies can cause incessant sneezing, congestion, and eye irritation.
When trees and plants begin to bloom, pollen is released into the air. If the pollen gets into the eyes, it can interact with the tissue lining that covers the white surface of the eye (called the conjunctiva), causing a release of histamine. That reaction can cause redness, watering, blurred vision, and even sometimes swelling in the eye. It also causes the eyes to itch or burn, which can make it difficult to wear contact lenses.
Eye care tips during allergy season
Pollen and other allergens can become trapped behind contact lenses, further irritating the eyes. If you suffer from allergies, here are a few tips to help relieve your symptoms.
• If your eyes are puffy, swollen or are burning, apply a cold compress. This should bring temporary relief.
• Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. You may need over-the-counter or even prescription eye drops to provide relief from the itching and burning caused by allergies.
• Wash your hands frequently and wash your hair daily, especially if you spend time outdoors.
• Avoid wearing eye makeup if your eyes are irritated from allergies.
• Change bed sheets and pillowcases frequently, as allergens that may be on your body or in your hair will stick to your bedding.
• Practice proper contact lens care, and change your lenses regularly. Do not share contact lenses or your lens case with anyone.
• If your eyes are too irritated to wear contact lenses, wear your eyeglasses until your allergy symptoms subside.
• When you go outside, wear eyeglasses or sunglasses to help block pollen from getting into your eyes. If you are working in the yard, wear protective goggles.
• On days when the pollen count is high, stay indoors as much as possible, keep your house windows closed and avoid driving with you’re your car windows down.
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