Eye Allergy Symptoms

Simple Tips to Reduce the Discomfort of Eye Allergy Symptoms

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

As an allergy sufferer, do you notice that your symptoms are worse during certain times of the year? Pollen levels change as different plants come into bloom, so it is common to have fluctuations in your symptoms. Many people find that the summer season can intensify their allergy symptoms.

If your allergies impact your eyes, then it is essential that you visit an experienced optometrist to learn more about the things that can be done to help you find relief. Here are a few tips to help:

Allergy Medication

Try an over-the-counter allergy medication to combat the itchy, watery eyes. If you find that OTC medications don’t work, then you can talk to your eye doctor about prescription medications that might help. These medications can be in the form of a pill to swallow, or eye drops that are placed in your eyes several times per day.

Contact Lenses

Did you know that contact lenses can accumulate allergens? Remove your contacts each day to thoroughly wash the lenses. Another option is to switch to disposable contacts that are replaced each day.

Air Filters

Eye allergies occur because of airborne particles that come in contact with your eyes. Dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander can all be irritants that cause itching, watering, and discomfort. Use indoor air filters to remove these particles from your home so that you are comfortable. Also, consider that prevention is more effective than treatment, which means that you should limit your time outdoors when the pollen count is high.


Some people experience eye allergies because of irritating ingredients in their eye makeup. Try changing brands or going without makeup for a few days to see if the symptoms clear up.


If you want to spend time outside, then it is best to wear high-quality sunglasses to prevent particles from blowing into your eyes. Pick a wrap-around design that shields your eyes. While you are driving, keep the windows closed and circulate indoor air instead of opening up the vents for outdoor air.

Do you need help managing your eye allergies? Contact us to schedule an appointment. You are invited to visit our Temecula office at (951) 302-1331 or our Murrieta office at (951) 600-9226.

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