It might sound pretty unbelievable, but over 35 million people suffer from seasonal allergies in the US, with the majority of those issues being reported in the spring and again in the fall. Plantlife is often the main cause for all this suffering; all that blooming bothers us in the spring, and the die-offs and flowering of totally different vegetation will affect us in the fall.
Here are some ways that your allergies will affect your eyes, as well as some ways to prevent some of your suffering:
- Eye allergies are caused by pollen and spores released by plant life during the fall. The biggest villain is ragweed, which grows vigorously and releases pollen beginning in the middle of August. Other plants/weeds that can cause us to suffer are sorrel, sagebrush, and goldenrod (mold growing in piles of dead leaves is another culprit). All that pollen activity will usually end after the first hard frost if you live in more northern areas. However, in southern states, your issues may last through the winter.
- You know the drill: itching, burning, inflammation, and swelling are all symptoms of those allergies that show up in your eyes. You may be experiencing these issues:
- Conjunctivitis: This is the most common type of eye allergy. It causes itching, burning, and red/watery eyes.
- Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis: This more serious form of allergy usually affects boys and young men. Their symptoms include light sensitivity and heavy, watery eyes which produce a thick and stringy mucus.
- Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis: This will primarily impact older men. It causes serious itching, burning, and redness, with thick mucus that will cause the eyelids to stick together overnight.
- Limit your activity outdoors before noon, which is when most pollen-producing weeks will release the bulk of their pollen.
- Remove dead leaves and other detritus from your property, and keep your home interior clean and dry. This will minimize mold growth. Showering several times a day if you have been outside will rinse away any spores or pollen on your skin.
- Dust your house thoroughly in the late summer or early fall, before you shut the house up and turn on the heater – dust will be stirred up and aggravate you.
If you are suffering from seasonal allergies, we are here to help. Call Classic Vision Care today!