Bridget A.: Hey, guys. This is Doctor Bridget
Anderson, eye health expert and founder of bridgettheeyedoctor.com. Today, I’m going
to tell you my three favorite ways to treat eye allergies and if you watch ’til the end
of the video, I’ll tell you my favorite over the counter allergy drops.
Bridget A.: All right. Let’s get started. So my favorite three options for allergy treatment.
Number one, it’s going to be minimizing your allergen. So eye allergies are usually caused
by an exposure to some sort of allergen. What are allergens? These can range from dust,
animal dandruff, lotions, perfumes, makeup, pollens. I’ve even seen eyelash extensions
cause allergies. So if you can find out what it is that caused your eye allergy in the
first place and minimize your exposure, that will help a lot with the eye allergies.
Bridget A.: Number two, cold compress. When you have eye allergies, a cold compress is
your best friend. How do you do a cold compress? Pretty simple. Take an ice pack, fill up a
plastic baggy with some ice cubes, on the eyes, 10 minutes. It makes a big difference.
Another sort of variant of this is taking some over the counter, artificial tears, putting
them in the fridge, using one drop three to four times a day. My favorite drops to use
for this are Systane, Blink or Refresh. So pick some up over the counter, keep them in
the fridge. When your eyes are feeling itchy or irritated, put a drop in. It can make a
big difference, brings lots of relief. Bridget A.: Number three, give your contacts
a break. So if you’re a contact lens wearer, go ahead, take the contacts out, rock some
glasses for a few days. Sometimes you can actually develop a little bit of an allergy
to your contact lenses themselves or sometimes the contact lenses can just make the allergy
worse. You can also get an allergy to your contact lens solution, especially if you’re
using the generic brands, because those generic brands can actually change their formulation
month to month and they don’t have to tell you. So one month you might use that solution
and be totally fine and the next month, you’re suddenly having an allergic reaction. Take
a look at your solutions. See what you’re using You may need to switch to a name brand
solution to prevent that. Bridget A.: And finally, my favorite over
the counter allergy eyedrops. There’s two of them. They’re both safe to use year round
and they’re both one drop, twice a day. Their names are Zaditor or Alaway. They’re both
over the counter and like I said, both safe to use year round if you need them or if you
just notice your allergies are worse certain times of the year. You can start using them
a week or two before that season starts, to help prevent eye allergies in the first place.
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