Allergies causing my eyes to water and itch

My Eyes are Itchy and Watery, What’s Going On?

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Even before we see the sunny weather, blooming flowers, and greening trees, there are a few sure signs that spring is near. You’re more likely to feel the season change versus seeing it with your own eyes. The problem is, sometimes, it’s your eyes that get hit the worst with the first signs of spring.

My eyes are itchy and watery, what’s going on?

Considering the time of year, chances are your eyes are reacting to pollen, according to Ari Fartash, OD. Allergens stimulate the histamines located in the eyes causing the watery, itchy and red eyes, said Fartash. Pet dander, dust, dirt and cigarette smoke can also cause a similar reaction to plant allergies.

So, what can you do to keep your symptoms at bay?

Avoid allergens. Stay indoors to limit your exposure to common allergens you are sensitive to. If you do go outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, dust, etc.

Remove contacts. Contact lenses can attract allergens and accumulate throughout the day. Consider wearing your glasses or switching to daily disposable contacts during allergy season.

Over-the counter eye drops. There are a number of allergy drops that are formulated to relieve itchiness, redness, and watery eyes.

Prescription medications. If the symptoms won’t go away you might need something stronger. Visit your nearest VSP-network doctor to discuss if a prescription medication is right for you.

Watch Dr. Fartash explain her favorite allergy relief remedy in the latest edition of #AskAnEyeDoc below. Remember, if you have an eye-related question, be sure to comment below.


  • Linnea says:

    Three years ago I started using an excellent brand of essential oils. When my eyes are itchy and watery, I use Frankincense essential oil around my eyes and lavender essential oil under my eyes. That has been such a game changer for my eyes when hit with allergies. Before essential oils, it was hit and miss.

    • Nancy Lhamon says:

      I am fairly new to essential oils. I was plagued with cold after cold startin in November every year. I was give a kt as a gift and dabbled enough to come up with using RC diluted in coconut oil to prevent colds &/or lessen the impact of a cold. I also experience itchy watery eyes. Do you dilute the Frankincense & Lavender before applying? If so, what is your formula? I would like to try it. TU!

  • Diane says:

    I wake up every morning year around, with itchy watery eyes. Can this still be an allergy?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Diane,
      We’d recommend consulting your eye doctor to address your specific concern. If needed, you can find a VSP network doctor near you using the Find A Doctor search on our website.
      Angelina F., VSP

    • Margaret says:

      Might be your pillows if you haven’t changed them lately. I’ve heard you should get new pillows every year or two. Good luck. It happens to me too, but not all the time. Any time of year though. I take an allergy pill and it usually clears up within a few hours. I tried changing my pillows and so far so good.

  • Linda says:

    Can the product “Eye Love” help the dry eye? I’ve tried over the counter and there’s just not enough lubricant in them for me. Are there chemicals in Eye Love that would do the eye more harm than good?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Linda,
      It’s best to check with your doctor for specific treatment options. If needed, you can find a VSP network eye doctor near you using the Find a Doctor Search on our website:
      Angelina F., VSP

  • RON HARPER says:

    whata iss the best overthecounter eye ddrops for the season

  • Leslie says:

    What about Dry-Eye syndrome?

  • Joy Perrin says:

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