Is your eye discomfort caused by dry eye syndrome or seasonal allergies? Symptoms of these two conditions overlap, making it hard to tell the difference sometimes without the help of an optometrist. In today’s post, we discuss the main differences between dry eyes and seasonal allergies.
Dry Eye Disease
Dry eye disease has two possible causes. The first is that the eyes might not be producing enough tears, while the second is meibomian gland dysfunction, where the eyelid glands become clogged and hinder oil production in the tears.
The usual symptoms of dry eye disease include light sensitivity, dryness, itchiness, fluctuating vision, eye fatigue, excess watering, redness and recurring discomfort. If you have this condition, consult an eye doctor at Vienna Eyecare Center for treatment.
Seasonal allergies are just that—allergies. There’s no eye dysfunction involved. Pollen allergies may cause some discomfort, particularly during spring when the pollen count is heightened. Like dry eyes, seasonal allergies can cause itchiness and redness in the eyes, but seasonal allergies are often accompanied by swollen eyelids and runny nose.
Compared to dry eye disorders, seasonal allergies are easier to treat. Doctors often prescribe antihistamines for severe cases.
For the best eye care available, turn to Vienna Eyecare Center. We are your number one provider of eyeglasses and vision correction services. Give us a call at (703) 688-7003 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment. We serve clients in Vienna, Reston, McLean and other areas in VA.