Itchy Irritated Eyes

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Itchy Irritated Eyes

Dr. Shari Strier, an eye doctor at Baltimore Washington Eye Center commented on itchy, irritated eyes. “The dog days of summer coming to an end, only to be followed by the start of school and early signs of autumn signal a time when it’s nice to see the colors of fall but ragweed season brings with it a whole new host of potential allergens-along with itchy irritated eyes,” commented Dr Strier. “For those of us who like to garden it also means fall clean up. From cutting back the last of the summer flowers and the emergence of new autumnal colors to planting trees and bulbs for spring and raking and blowing the fallen leaves, this season can be a lot of work and plenty of opportunity for eye related issues.”

Using over the counter lubricant eye drops regularly when you are working outside helps flush potential allergens off the surface of the eye. Keeping these drops in the refrigerator and instilling them cold is a great first line defense for itchy irritated eyes. Speak to your eye care practitioner about the best over the counter allergy drops and remember for severe allergic conjunctivitis prescription eye drops are often helpful. Just as we continue to protect our skin from damaging UV rays even as the heat of summer fades, so too should we protect our eyes with sunglasses that block UV radiation. A life time of sun exposure can increase the risks of macular degeneration and speed the progression of cataracts. This time of year we see an increase in emergency visits due to corneal abrasions from branches and twigs and foreign bodies from yard debris and particles kicked up by wind and the occasional leaf blower. Eye protection for these activities is critical. Solid sunglasses that wrap around the face or safety goggles decrease the risk of injury. If you do happen to get foreign material in your eye, flush the eye with water from the faucet allowing the water to run from your nose toward your ear. If this does not dislodge the foreign body seek care from an eye care professional.

Guest Blogger: Shari E. Strier, O.D. with the Baltimore Washington Eye Center

If you or someone you know suffers from itch irritated eyes they are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or, so that we can help identify the possible causes and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts including cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration (AMD) and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. Baltimore Washington Eye Center is conveniently located for patients from Arbutus, Carney, Clarksville, Columbia, Dundalk, Edgemere, Essex, Ellicott City, Ferndale, Glen Burnie, Kenwood, Laurel, Linthicum, Lutherville, Millersville, Odenton Owings Mills, Reisterstown, Towson, Parkville, Randallstown, Rivera Beach, Pasadena, Severna Park, South Gate and Woodlawn Maryland.