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Look Out For Seasonal Allergies!

Spring has sprung and with it comes beautiful flowers, chirping birds, and, you guessed it, seasonal allergies. While many think of fits of sneezing and congestion when thinking of allergies, they can have a dramatic effect on our eyes too.

Eye allergies, also known as ocular allergies or allergic conjunctivitis affect 20 percent of all Americans. Along with sniffling and sneezing, seasonal allergies can cause watery eyes often accompanied by itching, burning, and redness.

What Causes Allergies Anyway?

While you or someone you know may suffer from allergies, you may not realize what triggers them. There are two types of allergies: seasonal and perennial.

Seasonal allergies are more common and only happen during certain times of year—usually between early spring and into autumn. Airborne allergens such as pollen from blooming trees, weeds, and grasses are generally the culprit for these allergies.

Perennial allergies occur throughout the year and are generally caused by things such as dust mites, pet dander, and feather bedding. Other sources can trigger perennial allergies as well, including smoke, air pollution and even certain cosmetics.

Often, it’s fairly easy to identify what allergens are irritating your eyes. If you’re unsure of the source of your allergies, a doctor can help you identify what may be causing your allergic reactions.

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Allergies Affect Our Eyes In A Variety Of Ways

Both seasonal and perennial allergies are caused by a glitch in our immune system. Although many of the offenders listed above are generally harmless, eye irritation begins when the membrane that lines our eyelids and covers the whites of our eyes—the conjunctiva—comes in contact with something it deems a threat.

To fight the incoming threat from allergens, our immune system forms antibodies that release substances that cause our eyes to water and become red and itchy. These symptoms often come along with nasal allergies, but can also come on their own.

Take Steps To Avoid Allergens This Season

If you’re trying to beat seasonal allergies, there’s a few things that you can do avoid those pesky allergens.

  • Stay indoors when pollen counts are high.
  • If you do go outdoors, remove your contacts, as they can attract and accumulate airborne allergens. Wear eyeglasses or sunglasses instead to block pollen from entering your eyes.
  • Limit exposure to dust mites by washing bedding frequently and using allergen-impermeable pillowcases.
  • Clean your floors with a damp mop so you don’t stir up allergens in the air during routine cleaning.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this can make symptoms worse.

More serious reactions to outdoor allergens may require additional help. We can help you determine how to best keep your eyes clear and comfortable this allergy season!

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Spring!

We don’t want allergies to keep you from enjoying the beauty of spring! If you continue to experience persistent allergy symptoms despite preventative measures, come in to see us and we can help you review your options for allergy relief.

Thank you for continuing to place your trust in our practice!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

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Phone: 508-339-3952
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  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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