If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re not alone.

October 20th, 2015 by Carolina Eye Associates

With cooler weather here, many will want to spend more time outdoors. Whether you plan to watch a football game, play golf, take the grandkids to the park or just go for a walk, if you have seasonal allergies being outside can trigger them.

Dry Eye pain is made worse by allergies. Dry Eye sufferers who also experience allergies are familiar with the pain and discomfort that allergy season brings. Allergic responses are different for everyone so it is important that you and your doctor discuss what options can help you alleviate your allergy and dry eye pain.

Allergies and Dry Eye work in a vicious cycle; ocular allergies deteriorate the tear film and cause dry eye symptoms, but at the same time a weak tear film caused by dry eye leaves your eyes vulnerable to everything and so allergy symptoms can be aggravated by having dry eyes.

So what can you do? Avoid using allergy drops. These drops are meant to suppress allergy symptoms but they also make dry eye symptoms worse. Over-the-counter oral medications to treat allergies can also cause dry eye. Also, avoid using artificial tears that contain preservatives as they can also cause an allergic reaction. Cleaning products that contain strong fragrances, dyes and bleach can also aggravate dry eye/allergy symptoms.

If you suffer from dry eyes due to allergies, there are a number of treatment options available to relieve your eye irritation. Carolina Eye Associates offers several dry eye treatments including artificial tears and ointments, supplements, plugs to prevent lubrication from escaping the eyes, LipiFlow® treatment for evaporative dry eye and prescription medications.

For more information call Carolina Eye toll-free at (800) 733-5357, ext. 537.

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