Ocular allergic reactions occur when the body encounters a trigger. These triggers can be either inside or outside. Seasonal allergies start in the spring and may continue until the first heavy frost in the fall.
If your eyes well up when you go outside during spring or summer, you may have seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Grass, tree, and weed pollens are the worst offenders. When pollen counts are high, stay indoors, keep your windows closed, and run the air conditioner. Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
If you love to garden or be outside, when you come inside, hit the shower also washing your hair and eye lashes and change your clothes.
Pet dander, dust mites, and molds top the list. They can cause symptoms all year long. If you have a pet, keep him out of your bedroom. Can’t resist playing with Fluffy or Fido at a friend’s house? Wash your hands ASAP when you’re done. Change clothes as soon as you go home.