For those of us that suffer from eye allergies, spring is less about melting snow and blossoming flowers so much as it’s about boxes of tissue and watery eyes.
When the snow melts, flowers begin to blossom, the neighbours begin cutting the grass, and the pollen drifts in the wind… allergies are triggered.
But, they’re just allergies, right?
A common phrase spoken by the toughest of us, but nonetheless aware of how torturous allergies can be. The best way to combat this discomfort is to better understand its causes, symptoms, and treatments. After all, if you’re going to battle it out with seasonal eye allergies, you need to know your enemy.
Therefore, we invite you to continue reading and perhaps learn a thing or two about eye allergies that you didn’t know before.
The medical term for the most common form of eye allergies is allergic conjunctivitis. This form of eye allergies is divided into two major subtypes; seasonal allergic conjunctivitis and perennial allergic conjunctivitis.
Allergic conjunctivitis is named after a reaction caused by allergens involving the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a clear layer of mucous membrane that overlies the eyes. Unfortunately, this membrane is highly susceptible to allergens.
According to a study, approximately 20% of the population suffers from allergic conditions. Of these 20%, the most common reactions are environmental allergies.
Allergic conjunctivitis can occur in anyone at any age. Like other allergies, there are no restrictions to it. With that being said, not everyone with allergic conjunctivitis will suffer from the same symptoms.
Symptoms experienced during an allergic reaction depend entirely on the body’s reaction to the allergen.
When you come across an allergen and you have an allergic reaction, your immune system releases histamine to defend you.
Histamine boosts blood flow in the area of the body affected by the allergen. This causes inflammation, resulting in other chemicals in your immune system to step in and repair your body.
Typical treatments for eye allergies address the root causes of the discomfort. It’s rare to “cure” allergies, so symptom management is the focus of treatment.