Bless You in 7 Steps!
(A Quick Diagnostic for Eye Allergies)
Spring can be for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies. The sneezing, congestion — and of course the itchy, watery eyes.
Allergies can seemingly develop “overnight”, or over a season anyway. One wet spring, you’re fine with no symptoms. Then the next spring — maybe it’s dry and warm — you wake up one day to find your eyes are scratchy and swollen as an old boxer’s after a title match.
If you suspect you’re becoming allergic, take this quick quiz. If you answer yes to more than two questions, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may send you to us afterwards.
- a) Do your eyes often itch or swell watery at this time of year? Or in late summer (aka “ragweed season”)?
b) have they suddenly started doing so this year?
- If you answer yes to a or b above, do the itching or other symptoms persist even if you’re indoors, near an air conditioner?
- Do you experience itchy eyes and other symptoms like sneezing when you’re around cats or dogs? (Bless you!)
- Do many people in your family suffer from allergies? (Bless them.)
- Do your eyes begin to itch or swell when you’re near certain perfumes, lotions or types of makeup? This and #4 may be the sign of non-seasonal allergies.
- Did you ever have conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, in your life?
- Do you regularly suffer fits of sneezing, congestion or coughing that you have to control with decongestant medicines or antihistamines?
Your total out of 7 = _________ .
Next Steps: If you answered yes to more than two of these questions, go back now and rate the severity of each — 1 being the least or mildest score, 5 the most or harshest — and bring that information with you when you meet your doctor.
In the meantime, we hope you can get outdoors and enjoy the blooms this spring! We especially recommend long walks in Mississauga’s many public parks. Share any pictures you take on Facebook or tweet @CREDVIEWOptical.