After a long, cold, wet winter people are usually happy to see spring roll in. Everyone, that is, except those who suffer from allergies because when trees and flowers bloom, they release pollens and other irritants into the air, causing your nose and eyes to itch, water and turn red.


There are allergens all around us throughout the year. For instance, for those who have dogs or cats, it is not uncommon for pet dander to hang in the air. In the winter, many people use humidifiers in their home to add moisture to dry air but it can also lead to mold in the home – another allergy culprit that can result in watery, itchy eyes. Don’t forget about the plain old everyday dust that plagues allergy sufferers. Then when you add grass and ragweed to the mix, people with allergies just don’t have a chance.

Allergies tend to affect the eyes more than any other area of the body. Besides turning them red and itchy, allergens can cause your eyelids to swell and your eyes to water. They can feel itchy and impossible to scratch. Too, it may be difficult to wear contact lenses because allergies make them feel uncomfortable. In fact, your eyes may be too inflamed to be able to put your contact lenses in.

There are several ways you can minimize the effects of allergens or at least combat them. First, try decongestants. This over-the-counter medication contains ingredients that have been shown to be effective in minimizing the negative effects of allergies. Another suggestion is to avoid going outside on high alert days. Most cities will announce the pollen content in the air during peak allergy seasons, so if you have a tendency for allergies this would be important information to help you plan your day.

Doctors have also assigned a name to some of the ailments associated with watery and itchy eyes that result from allergies. They explain that you might be suffering from allergic conjunctivitis or ocular allergy. Unfortunately, it may simply be the act of inhaling allergens that can cause this, although it may also be the result of allergens coming in direct contact with your eyes.
If you have questions about how allergies may be affecting your eyes, contact the eye care experts at Island Eyecare.