Watery eyes. . .

We are embarking on (one of) Wichita’s allergy seasons.  But, are your watery eyes from allergies?  It could be from a foreign body (think dust, dirt in the wind, or an errant fingernail. . . ouch!).

When my patients come in with these symptoms, I check to make sure there are no scratches on the surface of the eye, as that treatment is different.

If it is from allergies, the thin lining covering your eyeball and the inside of your eyelids can become irritated, red and swollen.  Your eyes may also itch, hurt or water.  If this is due to an allergy, indeed it is NOT contagious. It will not damage your eyesight.

To decrease these symptoms, you’ll need to avoid the allergen.  Close your doors and windows.  Use an air conditioner in the summertime.

If you still need more help, there are steroid nasal sprays and anti-allergy medication (pills or eye drops) that may help.  Placing a cold washcloth over your eyes may help the itch.  Artificial tears may help bathe the eyes and alleviate symptoms.

Hope this helps.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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