Comparted to some allergic reactions, most allergic eye conditions are more irritating than dangerous. However, some can result in permanent damage to the eye, for example allergic or vernal keratoconjunctivitis could result in scarring of the cornea and visual problems. Most allergic reactions are dry and itchy eyes.
Some of the ways to treat eye allergies are topical antihistamine/decongestant preparations, which are are effective and safe for mildly itchy, red eyes. Patanol, a topical mast-cell stabilizer, is a safe, highly effective, long-acting treatment. Topical steroids should be used with caution and under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.
There are things you can do to prevent allergy syptoms. Dry eyes may aggravate eye allergy symptoms. Tear substitutes, such as artificial tears, are an effective lubricant and a great treatment. Cold compresses may help, particularly with sudden allergic reactions and swollen eyes. Keep eyedrops refrigerated since this makes application more soothing.
As with any medical issues, if in doubt, seek medical advice sooner rather than later.
Eyebright herb used as a herbal remedy for eye problems
Eyebright is a native European plant and is common throughout Britain. It is a semi-parasitic plant which feeds off grass and other plants by attaching suckers to the roots and drawing out the nutrients it requires. The herb’s French name loosely translates to ‘throw away your glasses’, giving testament to its reputation as a cure for eyes.
It is used in homeopathy for the treatment of Hay fever, watery irritated eyes and nasal discharge. Eyebright is an anti-inflammatory and astringent (causing contraction of the body tissues, reducing blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids). It is soothing and antibacterial and has numerous other uses.
Tea can be made from the whole eyebright plant, fresh or dried, and taken as a tonic or remedy for hay-fever. An infusion of the leaves can be used to bathe tired, sore eyes as well as a number of different eye conditions. The chemical substance, tannins, that is produced by eyebright has been used to reduce eye inflammation as well as to create a protective covering over the surface of the eye.