Summit Eyecare - Merlin Dr.

(208) 522-5594

Summit Eyecare - Pancheri Dr.

(208) 529-4333

Summit Eyecare - Pocatello

(208) 637-0841

Summit Eyecare - Rexburg

(208) 356-0881

Summit Eyecare - St. Anthony

(208) 624-3231

How Do Seasonal Allergies Affect The Eyes And How Can I Reduce The Symptoms?

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation reports that more than 80 million people in the United States experienced seasonal allergies in 2021. Some folks suffer from allergies in the autumn, some suffer from them in the spring, and some suffer from them in both seasons, and potentially even year-round. Allergies can be a big nuisance, but the symptoms are often treatable. This is especially true when it comes to the eyes. If you live in or near Merlin, Pancheri, Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, or Idaho Falls, stop by Summit Eyecare and speak with an optometrist. You can also schedule an eye exam with our eye doctors.

A Quick Look at Seasonal Allergies

As the seasons change, different plants release pollen, which can be allergens. Some plants release a lot of pollen in the spring, while others release pollen in the autumn. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common autumn allergens, for example, as the weed prefers to release pollen on cooler nights. Other allergens besides pollen, like dust mites and mold, can also cause allergic reactions (potentially in any season). Smoke from bonfires can also cause reactions.

When pollen comes into contact with the human body, it can cause a reaction in some people. Most pollen isn’t really a threat to your body. However, your immune system may overreact, seeing pollen as something that is very dangerous. When the immune system reacts, it releases histamines, which can cause hives, inflammation, itchy eyes, and more. Eye drops and other treatments can help.

Managing Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

As explained above, your seasonal allergies are tied to your immune system. You can take anti-histamines to manage the symptoms of allergies and to reduce your reaction. If your eyes are irritated, the right eye drops can provide relief.

Pollen can stick to your glasses, contacts, eyelids, and more. By regularly cleaning your glasses and contacts, you may be able to reduce reactions. It’s smart to wear glasses or sunglasses during your allergy season as they can block pollen from coming into contact with your eyes. If you're suffering from itchy eyes, schedule an eye exam with our eye doctors.

Contact Our Eye Doctors at Summit Eyecare

Are you suffering from allergies in Merlin, Pancheri, Pocatello, St. Anthony, Rexburg, or Idaho Falls, ID? If you are searching for an eye doctor near me, schedule an appointment with an optometrist at Summit Eyecare.

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Idaho Falls - Pancheri

Monday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday

By Appt.

Sunday

Closed

Idaho Falls - Merlin

Monday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Friday

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday

By Appt.

Sunday

Closed

Pocatello

Monday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Wednesday

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Friday

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

St. Anthony

Monday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Tuesday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Wednesday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Thursday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30

Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Rexburg

Monday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Idaho Falls - Pancheri

Monday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
By Appt.
Sunday
Closed

Idaho Falls - Merlin

Monday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
By Appt.
Sunday
Closed

Pocatello

Monday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

St. Anthony

Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Closed for lunch 12:00-1:30
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Rexburg

Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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