Spring is a beautiful season, but for many people, it’s a time of itchy eyes, runny noses, and sneezing. Allergies caused by pollen, dust, and other airborne allergens can make life miserable for those who suffer from them. However, LASIK and other vision correction surgeries can help to bring some much-needed relief.

LASIK is a laser eye surgery that reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. PRK (photorefractive keratectomy), EVO ICL (implantable collamer lens), and CLR (custom lens replacement) are other types of vision correction surgeries that can also be used to correct these refractive errors. While these surgeries are primarily designed to improve vision, they have an additional benefit for those who suffer from spring allergies.

How do these surgeries help with spring allergies?

When we breathe in allergens like pollen, our immune system recognizes them as foreign and produces antibodies to fight them off. These antibodies release histamine, a chemical that causes inflammation and other allergy symptoms.

The eyes are particularly sensitive to histamine, which can cause itching, redness, and watering. People with allergies often find that wearing contact lenses exacerbates their symptoms, as the lenses can trap allergens and irritants against the eye.

By correcting refractive errors through LASIK, PRK, EVO ICL, or CLR, people can reduce their dependence on glasses and contact lenses, which can trap allergens against the eye. This can help alleviate allergy symptoms and reduce the need for allergy medications.

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Additionally, vision correction surgeries can improve the overall health of the eyes. For example, EVO ICL and CLR involve the implantation of a lens into the eye. These procedures can improve dry eye symptoms by reducing the need for contact lenses, which can irritate the eyes and exacerbate dryness.

Spring allergies can make life difficult for those who suffer from them. Fortunately, LASIK, PRK, EVO ICL, and CLR can help reduce allergy symptoms and improve the overall health of the eyes. If you’re considering vision correction surgery, it’s important to consult with an experienced doctor to determine which procedure is right for you. With the right treatment, you can enjoy clear vision and relief from spring allergies.

Dr. Jason P. Brinton is an internationally recognized specialist in the field of LASIK and refractive surgery. He is a graduate of Harvard College, earned his medical doctorate from the Harvard Medical School and is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.