Is It Seasonal Allergies Or Dry Eye?
North American Precis Syndicate
If your dry, itchy eyes are not relieved by over-the-counter products, you should see an ophthalmologist. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Two of the more common eye-related problems are dry eyes and
eye allergies. While the symptoms are similar, there are differences between
the two conditions. Sometimes they can occur at the same time, compounding
That’s why it’s important to have a medical eye exam to
determine the cause of your symptoms so you can get the appropriate
treatment. If you’re concerned about the cost of the exam, the American
Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America
program may be able to help.
Seasonal eye allergy symptoms are like dry eye, but itchiness is more
common. When you’re sensitive to an allergen such as molds, pollen,
dust or grass, histamine is released, causing itchy, red eyes that tear or
burn. Over-the-counter medications are often effective. You can also take the
following steps for relief:
• Limit exposure to the outdoors on high−pollen
• Wash your face and hands after being outside to reduce the amount
of pollen on the skin.
• Don’t rub your eyes; it may increase the irritants and make
Examining Dry Eye
Dry eye is a complex disease that has many causes that often overlap and
interact. Dry eye can happen when the eye doesn’t produce enough tears
or when the quality of the tears can’t keep the surface of the eye
adequately lubricated. It frequently occurs with other health conditions.
People tend to make fewer tears as they get older due to hormonal changes.
Both men and women can get dry eye. However, it is more common in women—especially
Common symptoms of dry eye disease may include sensitivity to light,
dryness and itchiness, the feeling that something is in the eye, fluctuating
vision, eye fatigue and excess eye watering.
Ophthalmologists—physicians specializing in medical and surgical eye
care—will prescribe a variety of treatments based on the cause of the
dry eye. For many people, though, a few simple lifestyle changes can resolve
• Try adding moisture to the air with a humidifier.
• Protect your eyes from drying wind by wearing wraparound glasses
• Add omega-3 fatty acids to your diet for dry eye relief. These are
in oily fish (such as salmon, sardines, tuna, trout and anchovies) and in
• Use artificial tear ointment or thick eyedrops
just before you go to bed.
If your eyes remain red and irritated after trying these tips, see your
EyeCare America is a national public service
program that provides eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists for seniors
65 and older, and those at increased risk for eye disease. To see if you or
your loved ones are eligible, visit www.aao.org/eyecareamerica.
Since 1985, EyeCare America has helped more than
2 million people with sight-saving eye care and resources, and more than 90
percent of the care provided is at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient. The
program is co-sponsored by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., with
additional support provided by Alcon and Regeneron.
“Two common problems are dry eyes and eye allergies. A medical eye exam
can determine the cause of your symptoms so you get the right treatment. If
you’re worried about cost, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s
EyeCare America program may help. http://bit.ly/2W4UvoQ”
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