L'oeil et les allergies saisonnières

Eyes and Seasonal Allergies

The allergy season has returned once again! As we know, ocular problems caused by allergens, such as pollen, are often very unpleasant. Itching, red eyes, burning sensation... There is nothing fun about allergies.

But what are the symptoms, the causes and above all, how to avoid the inconveniences?

Ocular Symptoms Related to Allergies

tching of the nose and / or eyes, red eyes, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes. The symptoms are usually the same regardless of the allergen with which one has been in contact. However, the eye can be affected by an allergic conjunctivitis, the first signs are:

  • Intense tingling
  • Burning or foreign body sensation in the eye
  • Temporarily blurred vision
  • Inflammation of the eyelid
  • Red eyes
  • Crust in the eyes (mainly in the morning)

It is important to note that there are other types of conjunctivitis that are not necessarily caused by allergens. If you ever experience ocular symptoms that are not described, you can consult the various ocular diseases.

Causes of Seasonal Allergies

People who are more sensitive to allergens need to be extra vigilant during the allergy period. During this season, higher levels of pollen in the air increases the likelihood of allergic symptoms. The immune system responds strongly to the environment and starts showing the eye troubles we know very well.

It's hard to understand why some people suffer from allergies, while others may never feel the effects. However, it is not uncommon for a person to develop allergies in his lifetime when he has never had one before.

How to Avoid Discomfort?

Unfortunately, there is no magic formula against allergies. However, some changes in your lifestyle may help you reduce the effects:

  • Keep the windows of the house closed
  • Avoid dust
  • Do not rob your eyes
  • Do not go outside on hot days or high winds
  • Clean the house regularly
  • Use over-the-counter ophthalmic drops (or prescribed according to need and severity)

When to Consult your Ophthalmologist?

Normally, the symptoms disappear after a while. However, it is recommended to consult your health professional in case of:

  • Allergic conjunctivitis showing no signs of improvement despite over-the-counter treatment
  • Vision disorder
  • Eye pain
  • Abnormally swollen eyelids
  • Persistent headaches

To make an appointment at the Bellevue Clinic or for more information, contact us at (514)-256-0007.