April showers often bring more than May flowers for people affected by eye allergies.
“The main symptoms you’re going to notice are itchy, watery eyes, redness, sometimes a gritty feeling in the eyes, and usually it’s going to affect both eyes instead of just one,” said Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer, a specialist with Akron Children’s Center for Allergy and Immunology.
She noted that while there are prescription and over-the-counter medications that may help, prevention is the best way to make it through allergy season.
“Sometimes if people know what their trigger is they can try to avoid it,” said Dr. Wasserbauer. “If it’s a pollen it’s hard to do during spring and summer. We do recommend that you don’t sleep with the windows open, and if you know the pollen counts just avoid going outside during high pollination times.”
She added, “If you have to be outside you can wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and use saline drops to wash away the allergen irritants from the eye.”
In the following video, Dr. Wasserbauer discusses additional preventive measures and treatments, as well as the symptoms of eye infections or other more serious concerns.