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Seasonal Eye Allergies | How To Soothe Allergy Symptoms

POSTED ON March 30, 2022

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Spring is here! The excitement around warmer weather also correlates with an increased risk of seasonal allergies. If you’ve ever experienced seasonal allergies, you probably know they wreak havoc on your eyes. But don’t worry – you can head into Spring with open eyes. Use these helpful tips for keeping your eyes happy and healthy during Spring.

Spring is here! The excitement around warmer weather also correlates with an increased risk of seasonal allergies. If you’ve ever experienced seasonal allergies, you probably know they wreak havoc on your eyes. But don’t worry – you can head into Spring with open eyes. Use these helpful tips for keeping your eyes happy and healthy during Spring.

two women wearing sunglasses enjoying a spring picnic

Common Seasonal Eye Allergies

If you’re among the lucky folks who haven’t experienced these allergies, let’s identify a few of the most common eye symptoms:

  • Itchy or burning eyes
  • Red swollen eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Light sensitivity

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk to your eye doctor to rule out any underlying causes. Your doctor can recommend the appropriate treatment if these symptoms are linked to Spring allergies. If you know spring allergies will impact you, read on for tips and tricks for reducing your symptoms.

How To Reduce Spring Eye Allergy Symptoms

Limit Your Exposure to Allergens

High pollen days or windy days are always going to be risky for any seasonal allergy sufferer. If possible try to stay inside on days where pollen counts or wind speeds are high. Check your local news stations, newspapers, or Internet weather sites for pollen forecasts and allergen risks. Also aim to delegate outdoor chores like lawn mowing that can stir up allergens near to your eyes. If you find yourself outdoors, make sure you’re wearing glasses or sunglasses to minimize the amount of pollen getting into your eyes.

Don’t worry – we’re not suggesting you stay inside forever. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air. After spending time outside, changing clothes and taking a shower can also help limit symptoms, according to the ACAAI.

Avoid Contacts When Experiencing Symptoms

If you’re typically a contact lens wearer, consider picking up your glasses on days when you notice your allergies acting up. According to the AOA, more than 75% of contact lens wearers complain of allergen-caused eye pain and irritation. This is because the soft lenses can collect airborne allergens, making your symptoms worse and causing serious discomfort. If switching to eyeglasses isn’t an option, daily contact lenses would be the best alternative. Daily disposable lenses can be discarded each day, lessening the likelihood of reinserting any irritation or infection from a prior day into your eyes.

And if you find yourself stuck in your contact lenses and suddenly suffering from itchy eyes, seek out a container of artificial tears and keep your contact lenses wet. When you rewet your contacts, you’re rinsing off the allergens and comforting dry eyes.

Keep Your Indoor Space Clean

While it’s tempting to open up all the windows on a sunny Spring day, doing so increases your exposure to airborne allergens in your home. Try washing your window screen regularly to clear away pollen buildup and dust your indoor space consistently to keep your space free from any possible allergy triggers.

Don’t Rub Your Eyes

It’s tempting to rub your eyes if they’re irritated, but doing so can add more irritants and allergens like pollen and pet dander to your eyes. Constant rubbing also risks a corneal scratch or tear, which can lead to infection. If you’re experiencing itchy, irritated eyes, consult a doctor for an eye drop treatment to help treat those symptoms.

Grab Some Shades

Sunglasses are a must-have for any outdoor excursion! Along with providing protection from harmful sun radiation, sunglasses can be a handy tool in protecting your eyes from allergies. Sunglasses will help protect the surface of your eyes from direct contact with pollen floating in the air. Wrap-around frames that protect your eyes from all sides are particularly effective. For the best protection, our Purifier polarized sunglasses are a great option for the sunny days ahead.

Wash Your Hands Frequently

Pollen and other Spring allergens attach to everything! Washing your hands after spending time outside or before you touch your face can greatly reduce the risk of exposing your eyes to any potential allergy triggers.

Ask Your Eye Doctor About Eye Drops

There are a lot of over-the-counter allergy eye drops to help soothe eye irritation but they don’t work for everyone. We recommend asking your doctor first for the most effective treatment. Our eye doctors can also prescribe eye drops or other medications to give you the relief you need.

Stay Ahead Of  Your Seasonal Symptoms

We are committed to helping Hoosiers see better, look better and feel better. If you experience seasonal eye allergies, schedule an annual eye exam to talk about possible treatment options. You can schedule your next eye exam online or by calling us at 844-GO-TAVEL.

 

 

 

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