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The difference between dry eye and allergies

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It’s important for us to know the difference between allergies and dry eye. More often than not, dry eye is mistaken for eye allergies. It may seem strange, but dry eye syndrome can cause watery eyes.

Fairway Eye Center spoke to KSHB Channel 41‘s Alyson Bruner about the symptoms for both allergies and dry eye, and how they can help you find relief from watery eyes. If you can’t find relief from dry eye syndrome with over-the-counter eye care products, you might try Fairway Eye Center’s simple procedure with the MiBo Thermoflo. This new technology heats the eye lid, breaks up the oils and helps express the oil out of the glands so that the eyes can naturally produce the oils.

Below are symptoms for both allergies and dry eye.

Allergies and eyes:

  • Redness
  • Swollen eye lids
  • Tearing
  • Itching

Dry eyes:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Watery eyes, which is the body’s response to the irritation of dry eyes

Dr. Bunde also shares these helpful tips for relief from dry eye discomfort:

  • Cold compresses to reduce inflammation
  • Shower at night to wash away allergens
  • Over-the-counter and prescription eye drops to helps with allergies
  • Supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids can also decrease dry eye
  • Drink plenty of water
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