Who doesn’t love the rays of sunshine, warmer temperatures, lush green grass, and beautiful flowers that come with spring? But with all the perks of spring, can come hard-to-deal-with allergies. Spring allergies can be hard to combat from the constant sneezing to the itchy eyes, what are we to do? Learn more about the common spring allergy that can cause redness of eyes and irritation, ways to distinguish between spring allergies and a cold, and also, learn ways to prevent spring allergies this season.

The most common spring allergy that affects eyes is allergic conjunctivitis. This season allergy creates itchy eyes that are red, watery, and in some cases even swollen. Exposure to pollen is the leading cause of allergic conjunctivitis and those that wear contact lenses may suffer from additional discomfort because of pollen binding to their lenses during the spring.

Now for some, it may be difficult to tell whether you are suffering from spring allergies, a cold, or something more. One of the main ways to tell the difference between a cold or if you are suffering from allergies is by taking a look at the symptoms. If your symptoms appear all at once – such as runny nose, sneezing, red and itchy eyes, most likely you are suffering from spring allergies. Whereas cold symptoms usually appear one at a time and can last between 7 to 10 days. Allergies on the other hand remain until the person is no longer exposed to the allergy causing agent, such as pollen. Also, be sure to pay special attention to your eyes. If they are feeling itchy or red, most likely you are suffering from spring allergies. If they only burn or sting, you may have dry eye. But if there is a thick discolored discharge coming from your eye it is time to immediately see your eye doctor for a proper diagnosis, as you may have an eye infection.


What is the best to avoid spring allergies? While simply never stepping outside during spring would cut down on suffering during allergy season, this is not practical. But if you can do the following tips, you will be less likely to suffer from spring allergies.

  • Minimize long walks outdoors, especially near budding flowers, trees, and places.

  • Keep your lawn cut short to help prevent pollen

  • When cutting the lawn or doing garden work, wear a mask or eye wear protection to avoid pollen

  • Do not dry clothes, towels, or bed sheets outdoors

  • Keep air ducts clean and new in your home and car

Kick spring allergies to the curb this season with the help of Vision Source Specialists. Whether you are suffering from allergic conjunctivitis, dry eyes, or more: Vision Source Specialists can not only educate your on eye problems but also help you identify treatments for these conditions. For more information or to schedule your next eye exam contact us today.

Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.

Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.