The warm September weather calls for the beginning of yet another allergy season that manifests itself as red, itchy, burning or watery eyes. If you are familiar with these symptoms, you are not alone. Eye allergies are very common. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to relieve allergy symptoms.

Eye allergy symptoms

Eye allergy can be caused by a variety of causes outside the body. Symptoms can occur at any time of the year. They vary depending on where you live and the type of allergy you have. If you have a seasonal allergy, you will have to deal with this problem for half the year. Seasonal allergies are caused by airborne allergens such as pollen, ragweed and grasses.

Treatment for eye allergies

There are prescription medications available to combat allergies, but the following tips should help. First, reduce your exposure to the allergen (if possible). This may seem like a no-brainer, but with some planning, you can avoid sneezing, watery eyes and other discomforts. If you have a seasonal allergy, avoid outdoor activities on windy days in the spring and summer. In the spring, rain is a friend of pollen allergy sufferers because it cleans the air, so the best time to do yard work is the day after a rain shower. Another tip is to remove your shoes when entering the house. This is to prevent the spread of pollen in the house.

Allergies and contact lenses

You've probably had some tough times if you wear contact lenses and suffer from allergies. But before you take time off from school or work, here are some simple steps you can take to relieve red, itchy eyes. Keep your lubricating drops handy. They can be helpful anytime, especially when pollen is abundant in the air. Clean your lenses and follow the manufacturer's recommended wearing schedule. This is a crucial step; if you are likely to forget, write yourself a note or set a reminder, such as an email.

Whenever possible, consider daily disposable lenses rather than lenses that are replaced every two weeks or more. With a new pair of lenses every day, you avoid the pollen buildup that occurs with extended wear.

Do not hesitate to consult your IRIS optometrist, who will be able to give you the appropriate advice for your situation.