Eye Allergy Management and Treatment
Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and to your behavior.
- Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
- Use "mite-proof" bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mold.
- Wash your hands after petting any animal.
Control some symptoms with nonprescription medications, sold over the counter:
- Artificial tears
- Decongestant eyedrops (don’t use eyedrops for "red eye" longer than a week, or they can make things worse)
- Oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
See an allergist for prescription medications, which may be more effective:
- Eyedrops (decongestant, antihistamine, mast cell stabilizer, corticosteroid, NSAID)
- Allergy shots (immunotherapy)
- Nonsedating oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
Content was based on American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology