Your eyes are an environmental sensor – sampling pollen, dust, smoke, and dander in the air around you. When your eyes sample something they find irritating, they may let you know by turning red or puffy, becoming itchy, or watering. Sometimes, the allergen may be easy to avoid. Oftentimes, however, you may have to manage allergy triggers that you can’t easily control.
Cool compresses over your eyes may help reduce the redness or puffiness of your eyelids. Artificial tears can be soothing, and they can also help to rinse allergens from the surface of your eyes. Some people find relief with over-the-counter or prescription eye drops or pills. During your consultation, your eye doctor will suggest a treatment plan that works the best for you.
Read more about eye allergies from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.