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Seasonal Dry Eye: How To Manage Your Dry Eye Syndrome This Spring And Summer

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Dry eye syndrome is often due to a lack of moisture on the eye's surface. This lack of moisture can be caused by a variety of reasons, one of which is seasonal changes. While seasonal factors such as allergens or humidity levels can contribute to dry eye symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you have dry eye syndrome. Seasonal allergies and dry eye syndrome have similar symptoms, which makes it difficult for differentiating between the two. 
Keep reading to find out if your dry eye symptoms are caused by allergies or dry eye syndrome and learn how to cope with it season to season. 

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Dry Eye Treatments Depend On The Cause Of Symptoms 

Symptoms of dry eye syndrome tend to worsen during the springtime due to increased exposure to allergens. If you have new or heightened dry eye symptoms, it is important to understand what is causing them. That’s because treatment for your eyes differ depending on the cause of your symptoms. 
Our ophthalmologists at Market Mall Optometry specialize in treating dry eyes—whether they stem from allergies or dry eye syndrome. See how we can help you by calling 403-286-4884 or filling out the online contact form below.

Is It Allergies Or Dry Eye Syndrome?

Research has shown that dry eye symptoms are often associated with pollen counts. In Calgary, peak pollen counts last throughout April and May, and heightened dry eye symptoms during those months are common. 
Dry eye symptoms are commonly a result of seasonal allergies. Fewer than half of the people who experience dry eye symptoms have the dry eye syndrome. Instead, their symptoms are usually caused by seasonal allergies.  
Since seasonal allergies and dry eye syndrome have similar symptoms, knowing the cause of your dry eyes can be difficult. 
A symptom that is exclusive to seasonal allergies is eye itchiness. This constant irritation causes your eyes to experience a burning sensation. Dry eye syndrome can elicit a similar burning sensation, but you probably won’t feel any itchiness. 
However, the single best way to determine if your symptoms are caused by dry eye or allergies is to book an eye exam. If your symptoms are caused by seasonal allergies, your doctor or ophthalmologist will most likely recommend allergy medication.

Seasonal Considerations

Dry eye symptoms and their severity vary depending on the seasons. Temperature, wind, humidity, and allergens all contribute to dry eye symptoms.  
Spring and summer are especially noteworthy in regards to dry eye symptoms:
  • Spring: Many of us face seasonal allergies during the spring and experience symptoms similar to dry eye. This is most commonly due to the abundance of pollen in the air. Note that seasonal allergies can exacerbate existing dry eye syndrome. Some people already diagnosed with dry eye syndrome have their condition worsen in spring.
  • Summer: During the summer months, the air is warmer and more humid. This helps moisten your eyes, reducing the odds of developing dry eye symptoms. 

Solve Your Dry Eye Discomfort With The Proper Treatment

Depending on the cause of your dry eye symptoms (dry eye syndrome, seasonal allergies, or both), your treatment will vary. Receiving a proper diagnosis will ensure you can resolve your symptoms without causing new problems to arise or worsen. 
To best determine the cause of your dry eye symptoms, come see our experienced team of optic health professionals. We can evaluate your symptoms using procedures such as:
  • A comprehensive eye exam
  • Examination of contact lense type and fit
  • Measure your tear production
  • Specialized eye drops to measure your tears evaporation time
Let’s get the examination started at Market Mall Optometry by calling 403-286-4884 or by filling out the online contact form below. 


Q: What are the symptoms of dry eye syndrome?
A: Common symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome include:
  • Dryness in the eyes
  • Feeling of grittiness or debris in the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Red eyes
  • Burning sensation in the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Feelings of fatigue
Q: How can I relieve my dry eye symptoms?
A: The most common remedies for dry eye include:
  • Artificial tears
  • Prescriptions eye drops
  • Punctal plugs
Q: What are other allergens that might cause dry eye symptoms?
A: Aside from pollen, dry eye inducing allergens may include but are not limited to:
  • Pet dander
  • Perfume
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Diesel exhaust fumes
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