Spring is in the air, and as most people are looking forward to the end of a very cold season, the return of warm, sunny days, green leaves on the trees and flowers blooming, but for those who suffer from allergies, it can be a dreadful time of the year, explains the eye surgeon in Dubai.

If you’re an individual who suffers from allergies when the season changes or simply have been that way for some time, the Dubai optometrists at the eye clinic in Dubai have some advice for keeping your eyes protected and comfortable and free from allergies affecting your vision.

Some of the most common signs that you’re suffering from allergies indoor or outdoors, include:

  • Itchy, swollen eyelids
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Headaches
  • Itching in nose/mouth/throat
  • Fatigue

Despite the seasonal changes, allergies can be hereditary as well, so if you are a parent who has severe allergies, then it’s likely that your children will suffer from them, as well.

Pollen, the tiny grains that are released by trees and grass, is the most common spring allergen. It gets in the air, travels for miles, and puts those who can’t tolerate it into complete disarray and misery.

The spring pollen season starts for some and at a later stage for others, but it starts as soon as the weather starts warming up, trees begin budding  and plants and flowers starts sprouting. When this happens, pollen starts filling the air and starts causing chaos with those itchy, swollen eyes that allergy sufferers dread.

Treating eye allergies at the initial stages is the key to getting ahead of the symptoms. However, its best to consult an eye surgeon at the eye surgery center in Dubai about your eye allergy symptoms, before starting any medication. Excessively watery eyes can be a common symptom of allergies or dry eye syndrome, so it’s best to know what is causing watery eyes before administering medication.

Allergic eye symptoms can be greatly helped by topical antihistamine drops. These drops can provide relief of symptoms within 5-10 minutes, and using it daily can stop the eyes from getting itchy.

Allergens that cause eye allergies are famous for sticking on clothes, shoes, furniture, carpets, and even people, therefore, make sure to keep those allergens out of your home by washing clothes, shoes and linen often, and frequently vacuuming the floors and wiping down surfaces can help to a certain extent.

The following tips may help prevent itchy, burning eyes that are caused by springtime allergies from taking over your life,

  • Avoid pollen by keeping the windows and doors to your house shut, especially during mid-morning and early evening when pollen counts are higher. Use the air conditioner to keep your surroundings cooler and free of pollen.

  • Your pet’s too can bring pollen into the home so make sure to keep pets away from the bedroom.

  • Wear sunglasses when you’re outdoors to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes.

  • Never rub your eyes, instead use a clean towel or a cool compress to relieve symptoms.

  • Keep the eye drops that were prescribed by your eye clinic in the refrigerator for extra cooling relief.

  • If you wear contact lens, make sure to use disposable contacts that you can toss out at the end of the day.