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Allergies and Dry Eye Syndrome

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Allergies and dry eye syndrome are common eye conditions that can cause discomfort and irritation. While they are different conditions, they can sometimes be related and share symptoms.

What is Dry Eye Syndrome?

Dry eye syndrome is a condition where the eyes do not produce enough tears or the tears evaporate prematurely. This can cause symptoms such as dryness, burning, itching, and a feeling of something in the eye.

How Do Allergies Impact the Eye?

Allergies are caused by the body’s immune system reacting to a substance it perceives as harmful, such as pollen, pet dander, or dust mites. This immune response can cause redness, itching, and watering of the eyes.

In some cases, allergies can exacerbate dry eye syndrome. This is because the body’s immune response may cause inflammation in the eye, which can interfere with tear production and lead to dryness. Additionally, some allergy medications, such as antihistamines, can also worsen eye dryness as a side effect.

Prevention is Key

Prevention is critical to managing allergies and dry eye syndrome. Avoiding allergens that trigger your symptoms can help reduce the frequency and severity of your reactions.

Additionally, taking breaks when using digital devices, avoiding dry environments, and staying hydrated can help manage dry eye symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome or allergies, it is important to see an eye doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Call us at Midwest Dry Eye Center in Long Grove & Glenview and schedule an appointment today.