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Top 5 Tips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

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Spring is a season of new beginnings, when the cold harsh winter months are behind us, flowers bloom, and people begin spending more time outdoors.

For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander, mold, and dust. These airborne allergens can trigger uncomfortable reactions such as watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, congestion, and sinus pain.

There are some things you can do to minimize the discomfort throughout the spring season.

Check out Our Top 5 Tips for Getting Through Eye Allergy Season:

  1. Pollen tends to have a higher count in the mornings and early evenings. During these times, stay inside and keep windows closed. If you enjoy an early morning exercise run, consider an alternative indoor workout during peak allergy season.
  2. Take a shower before going to sleep. Doing this at night can rinse away any lingering allergens and leave you with a clearer eye and nasal area, as well as a more restful night’s sleep.
  3. Keep artificial tears close by. They can temporarily alleviate ocular allergy symptoms by lubricating your eyes when they feel dry and itchy, and they’re usually small enough to fit inside a purse or pocket. If you don’t have any good eye drops, use a cool compress as an alternative method of relief.
  4. If your allergies are caused by dust or pet dander, vacuum. A lot. Dust collects quickly and can be difficult to spot until there’s a high amount of it. Pets can shed fast and often, and just when you think you’ve removed all the fur from your sofa, carpet, or bed, you suddenly find more, so vacuum a few times each week.
  5. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and change your linens more often during the spring season. Remnants of airborne allergens can stay on your hands, towels, and bed sheets. Washing them more frequently can minimize some of your allergic reactions.

Though it may be tempting, don’t rub your eyes. This can actually aggravate the allergy response. If you find yourself using artificial tears more than 4 times a day, or other short-term solutions aren’t enough, speak with your eye doctor. You may be able to receive antihistamine eye drops or other prescription medications to ease your discomfort.

When It’s More Than Allergies

Certain eye allergy symptoms can also be signs of eye conditions or diseases, so pay close attention to any reactions that don’t dissipate after allergy season ends.

These Eye Symptoms can include:

  • Dryness
  • Excessive tearing
  • Itchiness
  • Persistent eye pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

These Symptoms Can Indicate Eye conditions, Such As:

  • Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Corneal Abrasions
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Styes (an oil gland infection that causes a bump or pimple-like shape in the eyelid)

Eye Allergies and Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses, speak to your doctor about daily disposable contacts. These can be a great option for allergy sufferers. Since dailies are thrown away at the end of the day, there’s no heavy allergen buildup on the lenses to worry about.

Consider switching to eyeglasses for a while. Even the most comfortable soft lenses can feel irritable during allergy season. Use the springtime to get yourself a new look. With a wide range of incredible styles to choose from, including exclusive eyewear collections from today’s hottest designers, there’s something for everyone. Not sure what the choose? Talk to your optician to help you find a style that’s right for you.

An Ocular Allergy Optometrist Near You

We’re here for you, and we want to help. Contact your eye doctor for any specific questions or concerns about your eye allergies.

Our Location

3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080

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3501 Custer Parkway, Suite 105
Richardson, TX 75080
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Our Reviews

Such a nice store with a good collection of specs. Customer service is really good. Specially Minoska is great. She gives you ample and patiently shows different frames/glasses and explains every option in detail. They also don't trick you to purchase unnecessary add-ons and stuff. However, this store is not for anyone looking for glasses as cheap as Walmart. You get what you pay for. P.S. I have not used their eye care services, perhaps next time.
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The staff and doctor are very nice and genuinely care about your well being and make you feel very comfortable. By far the best eye care I have received so far. Doctor explains everything in detail about your eyes. I highly recommend this place to anyone!
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Absolutely love this place! Dr. Carter and the staff are amazing and so friendly :) They provide great service. I cannot say enough good things about TSO at Custer Creek.
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Love, love, LOVE Dr. Carter! The doctor and staff are all amazing and always put their patients first. Always super helpful with your vision needs! Definitely would recommend!
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Great service!
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Great place to get an eye exam and glasses. The prices are fair, the service is great and everyone takes pride in their service. I would recommend anyone get their glasses from here. Myself as well as my family have all been very happy with our experience.
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- Jessica G.
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This is my first visit to this office due to my only pair of glasses breaking, and my mind was blown. I have never encountered such a nice staff there first goal was to make me feel comfortable.. which they did. They made the whole process go smoothly from paperwork, to payment, to appointment setup just all of it. Dr. Carter is extremely patient, and more importantly knowledgeable at her craft, but what made the difference for me is she has a great attitude, and is very personable. Willing to take the extra steps, but could say that about everyone that works there. This is a must go if you are in the need for glasses or contacts or if you just want to visit I'm sure they wouldn't mind lol. Highly recommend to everyone.
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- Nicholas R.
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