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Eye allergies and
how to relieve them

Common allergies can affect our eyes at different times of the year. But not to fear – we have a list of tips and tricks to help give your eyes some relief.

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Did you know?

50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, making it the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the US.1 Allergies develop when your body’s immune system mistakes certain environmental substances (such as pollen and mold) as invaders – and then produce antibodies, triggering an allergic reaction.

Tips & tricks to help prevent & relieve itchy eyes:

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check the weather

Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive during cool nights and warm days.1 It’s true that rain washes pollen away, but counts can soar after rainfall.2

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shut them out

When pollen and mold counts are high, stay inside and keep windows and doors closed.2

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practice good hygine

Shower daily to rinse pollen from your hair and skin.2

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filter them out

Install furnace filters that can trap common allergens and replace the filters often. If your allergies are wicked, you may want to consider an air purifier.3

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sunglasses are your friend

When you do go outdoors, try wrap around sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen.3

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switch it up

If you wear contact lenses, consider swapping them for frames or using disposable contacts. Longer-wearing contact lenses can gather and store airborne allergens.3 Curious about contact lenses? Find out more from Target Optical.

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try drops

Some eye drops can relieve mild symptoms by washing allergens away – check with your eye doctor to recommend a few brands.3

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mask up

Try a particulate-filtering mask when mowing or doing outdoor chores. And then shower and change clothes immediately after.3

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Ready for relief?

The good news is that, while annoying, allergy symptoms seldom pose a threat to eyesight other than blurriness. Making an appointment with your eye doctor may help you find relief for red, itchy and swelling eyes, and an allergist can help identify the source and prescribe medication, if necessary.4

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  1. - “AAFA.” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, www.aafa.org/allergy-facts/.
  2. - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Allergies. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies. Accessed May 1, 2018.
  3. - Gary Heiting. Eye Allergies: How to Get Relief from Itchy, Watery Eyes. Accessed October 26, 2018
  4. - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Eye Allergy Overview. https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/allergies/eye-allergy. Accessed May 1, 2018.