Ways To Relieve Eye Allergies And Irritations
Eye allergies and irritations are very common, and they are caused by plenty of indoor and outdoor factors. While some severe symptoms may require a trip to the eye doctor for prescription-strength medication, there are also many over-the-counter ways to relieve the symptoms of red, itchy, dry, or watery eyes.
Causes of Eye Allergies and Irritations
Dry, watery, red, and itchy eyes are caused when histamines are released to help fight off allergens.
Frequent irritants of eyes include:
- Pet Dander
Ways to Relieve Eye Allergies and Irritations
Use Eye Drops
Different types of eye drops serve a specific purpose to relieve your allergy symptoms. Note that these eye drops are not to be used with contact lenses still in your eye.
Use Rewetting Drops
Unlike the drops listed above, rewetting drops are designed to be used with contact lenses still in your eye. These drops will add a layer of moisture onto your contacts to soothe your dry eyes and provide hydration.
If your eyes are irritated, you should take out your contacts and switch to eyeglasses. Contacts can trap in the allergens and make your irritation last longer. Wear eyeglasses, especially during allergy season, if you are continuously noticing symptoms. If you still want to wear contacts, use the proper solution to thoroughly disinfect them before wearing them again, or ask your eye doctor about switching to daily disposable contacts to avoid the allergens from accumulating on your lenses.