In the middle of August, the pollen really starts to fall. People may symptoms tend to rise within the next couple of weeks.
What are common things that lead to eye allergies or dry eye syndrome?
Spring and fall time are the most common eye allergy seasons as far as air-born environment eye allergies. During the fall time, we often have people complaining about comfort surface issues on the eye, especially itchiness and eye rubbing. Other issues can include burning, redness, watery eyes, soreness, tired eyes, and things like that. Some eye symptoms are associated with itchy nose, running nose, sneezing, and other related allergic reactions.
Symptoms can be confused with dry eye syndrome, which is primarily burning and can have very similar symptoms.
We carry a laboratory test called TearLab, which through collecting tear samples, our computer can analyze the tears in under a minute. The test measures osmolarity/saltiness of the tears and provides a number that determines whether you have more of an allergy issue, dry eye, or even both. Some patients may receive treatment for both dry eye disease and eye allergies depending on the test results.
Eye rubbing makes eye allergies worse because it releases more histamine to induce an allergic response. The more you rub your eyes, the tissues of the eyes will worsen symptoms. However, if you have dry eye symptoms, eye rubbing may trigger tears and bring relief. It’s a small clue to the big dry eye-allergy puzzle.