Health Tip: Allergies and Your Eyes
What to do to improve symptoms
(HealthDay News) -- Allergens such as dust, animal dander, pollution and pollen can cause allergic conjunctivitis, a non-contagious condition that results in red, watery and itchy eyes.
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions to help prevent these symptoms:
- Try eye drops specifically made to treat allergic conjunctivitis. Some may require a prescription.
- Use over-the-counter lubricating eye drops, sometimes called "artificial tears," to soothe the eyes.
- Take an antihistamine that's been approved by your doctor.
- Apply a cool washcloth across your eyes.
- If you wear contact lenses, stop using them and wear glasses until symptoms clear.