Have you ever experienced itchy, irritated eyes? There are two common reasons for these symptoms: dry eyes or seasonal eye allergies. Since both conditions often result in the same symptoms, it can be difficult to distinguish one from the other.
So today, Eye Rx, your provider of top-quality eyeglass frames and other eye care services, discusses the similarities and differences of these two eye problems.
Causes and Symptoms
Dry eye disease happens either when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or the tears they are producing may be lacking some components. It’s also possible to experience both. On the other hand, seasonal eye allergies, as the name suggests, is a hypersensitivity reaction to allergens caused by a change in season. This is most common during spring, when the pollen count is usually high.
Both problems cause irritation and possible inflammation of your eyes. As a result, those with dry eyes may feel that something is stuck in their eyes. Eye fatigue, excess watering and increased light sensitivity may occur too. Itchiness may also be present but it’s usually tolerable. Your eye doctor explains that severe itchiness, on the other hand, is seasonal eye allergies’ telltale sign. Your eyes may tear up and turn red too.
Dry eye treatment depends on the cause of the reduced lubrication in your eyes. If it’s due to low tear level production, your eye care specialist may prescribe medicated eye drops to keep your eyes lubricated. We may also recommend applying punctal plugs to prevent tears from draining too quickly, keeping your eyes moisturized constantly.
Seasonal eye allergies are usually managed by avoiding your trigger allergens. If you’re having hypersensitivity reaction to pollen, for example, we recommend minimizing outdoor activities. We may also prescribe antihistamine and anti-inflammatory medications to lessen the swelling of your eyes. Most importantly, have regular eye exams so we can monitor the effectiveness of the suggested treatment options.
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