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Stop the Misery of Itchy, Watery Eyes

The weather is changing, the grass is green, and the sky is blue — so why are you crying? Must be seasonal allergies, and nothing is more annoying. Common signs of eye allergies include: watery eyes, swollen eyelids, redness, and itchy eyes — in fact, without the itching, it’s much less likely that the issue is eye allergies. In that case, talk to your optometrist.For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be difficult to stop the onset of symptoms; however, there are a few things you can do to prevent allergens from invading your life.

  • Keep windows closed — especially during pollen season. Also be sure your air conditioner is on, not only in your house but in the car too, which can reduce the amount of pollen you breathe in up to 30 percent.
  • Avoid morning outdoor activities. Pollen is released by trees and grass, starting at sunrise and peaking during the late morning and early afternoon hours. If you’re planning a jog around the park, be sure to wait until late afternoon or evening.
  • De-clutter your surroundings. Dust can build up on surfaces and items all around the house and is a common trigger for allergies. You might be surprised to learn that the cuddly stuffed animals in the toy box are magnets for dust — and are potentially to blame for your (and your children’s) misery. Try to limit the amount of stuffed animals in your house and be sure to wash them regularly.
  • Wear Sunglasses. Bigger, wider sunglasses can help to block pollen from landing on your eyes and eyelids – especially on windy days.