Say Goodbye to Itchy Eyes this Allergy Season

Allergy season may have you rubbing your eyes more than normal. Common symptoms are itchy and watery eyes, however some people even have dry eyes when their allergies flare up. So what can you do to prevent and treat those allergy symptoms?

Over the Counter Drops

You can purchase drops such as anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers that help to treat acute symptoms like itching. Some popular brands are Zaditor, Pataday, and Lastacaft. If you suffer from dry eye, I would suggest a preservative-free option such as Alaway PF - these are also safe to use year round if you suffer from chronic allergies!

Cold Compresses

Cold compresses can help to relieve signs and symptoms of allergies such as puffy eyelids and itching or red eyes. The best way to perform a cold compress is to use a small facial washcloth, run it under cold water and put it into the freezer for 5 minutes. Then remove the washcloth and apply over closed eyelids for as long as necessary. You can repeat this as needed.

Eyelid Hygiene

Allergens can accumulate in the tear film which is why it is important to wash your eyes daily with an eye safe cleanser such as Zocular Gel or We Love Eyes foam cleanser. You can add a Hypochlorous spray to target the allergens in the eye and decrease inflammation.

How to use hypochlorous spray: Shake the bottle, close both eyes, and spray 3-4 pumps of liquid onto closed eyes. Blink multiple times to allow the liquid to enter tear film and then allow the liquid to air dry. Repeat twice daily.

If you are suffering from chronically itchy, red, or swollen eyes, visit Punto Focal at our office in Laredo, Texas. Call (956) 694-3466 to book an appointment today.