Ophthalmology Specialist Op. Dr. Mitat Altu─č said, “The effects of pollen, sun rays and chlorine in pools are quite high in the shooting of allergic cases. In addition, the shedding season of animals such as cats, dogs and birds has a serious negative effect on the eyes since it mostly coincides with the summer months. The main findings of allergic conjunctivitis are in the eyes. We can count them as redness, itching, watering and sensitivity to light.Seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is the reaction of the eye due to meadow grass and plant pollens in May and July. It may accompany other systemic findings because it is caused by pollens. We may also encounter problems such as sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath. We come across them more in the child age group,” he said.


Stating that the picture called vernal conjunctivitis is a more severe condition, Op. Dr. Altug said, “There may also be involvement in the eyelids and the transparent layer of our eyes. In general, the symptoms appear from the age of 10. It is seen four times more in boys. It is known that allergic conjunctivitis gradually decreases after the age of 20. Vernal conjunctivitis is generally seen in hot and dry climates. “We come across it more frequently in the Southeastern Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia regions of our country. We do not recommend going out when the sun is upright between 11:00 and 16:00. We also warn those who are sensitive during pollen spreading hours.”


Saying that if it is absolutely necessary to go out, protective sunglasses and a visor hat should be worn, Op. Dr. Altug continued his words as follows:

“When we stay indoors, we should keep the windows closed as much as possible. We should use air conditioners with pollen filters instead of ventilation. We recommend closing the windows while traveling by car. We should apply cold compresses. Applying artificial tears is beneficial in removing the pollen from our eyes. If possible, stopping the use of contact lenses during these periods. needed.”


Noting that it is effective in environmental factors other than genetic predisposition, Op. Dr. Altug concluded his words as follows:

“Allergic eye symptoms occur in around 60 percent of people whose parents have allergic symptoms. We define people with allergic eye disorders as atopic (genetic predisposition). It causes permanent vision loss by affecting the transparent layer of our eye.

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