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Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes

It’s spring! The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and your eyes may be watering, itchy, or even dry.

Seasonal outdoor allergens such as pollen from grass, trees, and weeds, can cause your eyes to become irritated, itchy, or swollen. These allergy symptoms can occur independently but usually accompany the sneezing, sniffling or stuffy nose related to nasal allergies.

You’ll know you’re likely having an allergic reaction if your eyes exhibit these symptoms:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Watery, teary or runny eyes
  • Swollen eyes and/or eyelids
  • Sore, painful or burning feeling in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the first step is to see your CEC eye doctor to rule out any other issues that may be occurring.

If it's determined that allergies are to blame, there are several things you can try to get some relief.

  • Keep your windows closed during periods when pollen levels are high
  • Wear sunglasses when you’re outside to protect your eyes from irritants
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mold
  • Ask your provider if they recommend using allergy-relief eye drops or over-the-counter antihistamines


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Information received through CEC vision care channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your eye doctor, physician, or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

CEC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of VSP Vision.

Sources: American Optometric Association (AOA), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), The Vision Council (TVC), National Eye Institute (NEI), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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