Spring is here and so are the allergies. I noticed a big spike in patients complaining about itchy, red, and watery eyes during eye exams here in Broken Arrow about 2 weeks ago.
In this post I am going to talk about some of the things that I mention to my patients when we discuss allergies. The first thing is that when it comes to eye allergies an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This means things we can do to help keep the allergies off the eye itself will help us out tremendously. This means good quality sunglasses that have a wrap or curve to them to help keep the wind from blowing the allergies into our eyes. This means single use or daily disposable contact lenses so that when an allergen hits the eye we are throwing it away that night instead of putting it back into our eye the next morning.
The second line of defense is going to be medications. Oral medications tend to dry the mouth and nose out which helps with those areas but they also dry the eyes out which will tend to give us the same symptoms that the eye allergies give us. Now I am not suggesting to stop your Claritin because after all I’d rather have dry eyes than be sneezing and miserable from my allergies, but I am suggesting that when we start taking those medications we need to think about eye drops to help with dry eye. Artificial tears help by flushing some of the allergens and OTC allergy eye drops help as well. My favorite is Zaditor (it is in an orange box). If you have questions about eye allergies we take walk in appointments for eye exams and can help you out. Thanks for reading and have a great day.