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What can you do to ease your allergy symptoms if you have dry eyes?

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Dry eye is when your eyes don’t make enough tears or if they evaporate too quickly. Allergies are a common cause. If you take antihistamines for allergies, they can make your dry eyes worse.

Here are some ways to ease your allergy symptoms (including dry eyes):

  • Close windows in your house and car when pollen counts are high, and use air conditioning.
  • Wear sunglasses or glasses when you’re outside. This will help keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Use special mattress covers on your bed to cut down on dust mites.
  • Use a dehumidifier when humidity in your house is high to help cut down on mold.
  • Wash your hands after you pet a dog or cat.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute: "Facts About Dry Eye."

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: "Dry eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "The link between seasonal allergens and dry eye."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy."

Medscape: "Dry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just Allergy."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 31, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute: "Facts About Dry Eye."

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions: "Dry eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "The link between seasonal allergens and dry eye."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Types of Allergies: Eye Allergy."

Medscape: "Dry, Itchy Eyes Could Mean More Than Just Allergy."

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on May 31, 2019

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