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Spring can be a difficult time for the one in five individuals affected by seasonal eye allergies. For many vision-corrected individuals, eye allergy symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, often keep them from enjoying daily activities and impact their performance at work, at school and during sports.

There are a few things people can do to minimize the effect of allergies. First, find out what causes your allergy and try to avoid the trigger. If pollen bothers you, try to stay indoors during the peak allergy season and minimize the amount of time you are in the wind, which blows allergens around.

Be cautious with allergy pills that claim to ease allergy symptoms. Allergy medication can dry the eyes out. If you must take an allergy pill, try to take it at night so the drying effect is not as dramatic.

Use transient-preserved or preservative-free artificial tears. People who suffer from eye allergy symptoms may find that the preservatives in artificial tears cause discomfort.

Consider allergy drops, which are prescribed by a doctor. Drops can be put in each eye in the morning before inserting contact lenses, and again at night after their removal.