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Caring for allergy eyes

Seasonal rhinitis, also called hay fever, is an allergic reaction to pollen from trees, grasses and weeds. One of the most obvious symptoms is red, itchy eyes.

A number of over-the-counter antihistamine eye drops are effective for eye allergy relief. Pataday is approved for ages 2 and up. Contact lens wearers can be disproportionately affected by allergies, even established and successful wearers, so limiting wear time or switching to a daily disposable contact lens might be in order.

In times of high pollen, showering and washing hair at night reduces the chance of prolonged concentrated exposure to pollen while sleeping. While you’re outside, wearing glasses or sunglasses can act as a barrier and lessen the chance of pollen contacting your eyes. Keep home and car windows closed to help keep out allergens, and use recirculating fans or air-conditioners instead.

Tempting as it is for kids (and adults) to want to rub itchy eyes, don’t: it can cause real damage and only makes matters worse. A cold compress over closed eyes can be comforting.


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