DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Sherry Mahaffey visits her ophthalmologist regularly. She said her biggest problems revolve around the allergies that seem to strike year round.
"My eyes start watering. They start burning, and it's just really a problem. I wear contacts," she said. "It's almost like there is a film on there that I can't get rid of."
She said she has tried everything.
"I've tried taking the contacts out, washing them, you know doing that. That would help temporarily and then I've tried, you know, over-the-counter drops."
For many people over-the-counter drops eye drops will be just fine, but if that doesn't work, it's time to go see your doctor.
Dr. Chris Teichmiller said sometimes patients need a stronger medicine, like a steroid, but it depends on the symptoms.
"One of the most common symptoms that you see is the itchy eyes. That will generally differentiate the allergy eye from a dry eye, although often they go hand in hand allergies more related to itching," he said.
But he said dry or scratchy eyes are different.
"It overwhelms your tear film. It interferes with your vision. And also the blood shot look you'll tend to get, that's just the injection because your eye is trying to fight off all the allergens and the pollen and things like that," he said.
He said at times it can overwhelm your eyes and the best advice is to see your doctor, get a good eye exam, and make sure there isn't an underlying problem. You might get results as good as Mahaffey.
"I can see clearly, not yellow," she laughed.