Allergy Season is in Full Bloom

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know the struggle is real. You waited all winter to see the colorful blooms of trees and flowers – but then those blooms start making you miserable. Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, or hay fever, is the most common type of ocular allergy. It is related to specific pollens that release spores during spring and ‘tis the season for Kansas allergies! Itchy eyes is a dominant symptom in seasonal allergic conjunctivitis diagnosis, as well as watery/mucus discharge, burning, and redness. Patients may also experience symptoms involving the nose and throat.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling or puffiness of the eyes
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Tearing
  • Mucous discharge

Treatments include:

  • Lubricants
  • Antihistamines
  • Mast cell stabilizers
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDs)
  • Steroids

If over-the-counter treatments aren’t giving you the relief you need, contact us for an appointment.

Dr. Jessica N. Mai, O.D.

Dr. Jessica Mai earned her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, graduating with honors and receiving the clinical excellence award and outstanding student ambassador award for her class. When not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Clayton, and two children, Kyler and Caden.