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With Spring, comes allergies.

Man rubbing his eyes Spring allergies.

With Spring right around the corner, new flowers are beginning to pop up around town. But unfortunately what else is popping up is allergy season and eye allergies which affect millions of people annually. 

An allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts to a substance that is normally harmless such as pollen, dust, pet dander, mold or smoke. When one of these allergens comes in contact with your eye, cells within your eye release histamines to fight off the intruder. Histamines are part of your body’s defense system. They start the process to remove those allergens out of your body by sneezing, tearing up, or itching — whatever it takes to get the job done. 

 When histamines are released to fight off allergens, this is when you may experience common symptoms, such as:

Most allergic eye conditions are more irritating than dangerous and thankfully there are a variety of treatment options available.

 Ways to treat eye allergies: 

 If you suffer from eye allergies, we are always here to help. Schedule an appointment with one of our VisionFirst doctors to discuss one-on-one your personal symptoms.