Dry eye and ocular allergy

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Dry eye and ocular allergy

With the advent of spring months, many patients visit the ophthalmologist believing they are experimenting manifestations of an ocular allergy. However, in some cases symptoms may arise from a combination of causes.

Pollution in big cities associated to pollen appearing with seasonal changes may cause problems in eyes and airways in some people who, faced to these elements, may experiment inflammatory reactions that may irritate mucous membranes such as the conjunctiva.

This eye inflammation state can unbalance other conditions, such as dry eye. The ocular state of people who already suffered from dry may get worse during spring. Discomforts when blinking may appear, and they may even experience watery eyes, which may lead to a confusion in patients that are used to suffering dry eye.

Patients suffering from dry eye may experiment inflammatory effects due to pollution particles which add to the effects they already suffer because of dry eye.

The best way to prevent this unbalance is to protect our eyes and administer artificial tears in order to lubricate and clean the ocular surface.

Furthermore, it is advisable to be visited by an ophthalmologist during spring in cases of symptomatic dry eye or eyes prone to allergic reactions in order to take the necessary measures to avoid an unbalance that may exacerbate the discomfort.

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