Many Americans suffer from either seasonal allergies or dry eye disease. Both conditions are characterized by red, watery eyes and triggered by the seasons.
In today’s post, your local eye doctor, Advanced Eyecare Consultants, discusses what seasonal allergies and dry eye disease have in common.
Seasonal Allergies & Dry Eye Disease
In the U.S., almost $4 billion is spent on dry eye disease management. Around 1 in 5 women and 1 in 10 men experience the condition. A University of Miami study discovered the link between dry eyes and seasonal allergy symptoms. In April, during the allergy season, around 21% of participants were diagnosed with dry eye disease. Meanwhile, the diagnosis was lower when the allergy season ended.
Outdoor exposure in the spring and summer worsens the symptoms of dry eye disease. Sunlight, sunscreen, chlorine and sweat cause further eye irritation. Visit your eye doctor if you’re experiencing dry eye symptoms for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Differentiating Seasonal Allergies From Dry Eye Disease
Seasonal allergies usually occur in the spring and early summer. Your body reacts to pollen or other outdoor irritants. Common symptoms include an itchy, burning feeling in your eyes and nasal congestion. These should go away when pollination is done.
Dry eye symptoms also include a gritty or burning sensation in the eyes, redness, blurred vision and stringy discharge from one or both eyes. Patients may also experience a dry sensation after excessive eye watering. Unlike with seasonal allergies, these symptoms can be experienced at any time of the year.
Get in touch with your doctor to determine whether you have seasonal allergies and dry eye disease. Advanced Eyecare Consultants, home of your local optometrist, is here to help you with your eye health needs. Call us at (847) 550-3524 or (847) 979-4601, or complete our online request form to schedule an appointment. We assist patients in Gurnee and Vernon Hills, IL.