How to avoid common eye allergies this spring

As spring arrives, many of us will enjoy seeing flowers beginning to blossom and trees regaining their leaves: but with the warmer weather and bluer skies also comes a pesky increase in pollen.  

This increase of pollen in the environment can trigger our allergies, which can cause the eyes and sinuses to become irritated. Ocular allergies, also known as seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, occur when an allergen in the air, such as grass or pollen, causes the conjunctiva to become aggravated. Symptoms can include itching, redness, burning, and a clear, watery discharge, while more severe symptoms present as swollen eyelids and blurred vision.

Most causes of irritated eyes won't result in serious complications, rather mild discomfort. More severe reactions can cause changes in your vision that can alter your ability to perform basic tasks, which may become hazardous, such as driving. More permanent damage can occur to the eye if the problem is unresolved, which is why it's crucial to seek medical attention if you are experiencing vision loss or pain.

There are ways to avoid seasonal allergies, however. Specsavers optometrist David Aldridge says keeping the windows closed during high pollen periods, using air conditioning in your home and car, and wearing glasses when you're outside can all help.

Watch David Aldridge on AM in the video above.  

Article created in partnership with Specsavers.