Top Spring Allergy Tips for Healthy Eyes
The National Institutes of Health recognizes that eye allergies arise when springtime comes. Pollen and other allergens drift around during this season. If you are hypersensitive to pollen, dust, dander, and other spring particles, inhaling them will cause an allergic reaction, triggering symptoms in your eyes.
When it comes to spring allergy tips for healthy eyes, here’s what you should know:
Keeping your skin and hair clear of pollen can help your eyes stay healthy during spring. You can do this by washing your hands after every contact with plants or animals. Vacuuming your house daily can also help. Pollen, dander, and other minute particulates can enter your home and stick to your furniture, carpets, and sheets. If you vacuum daily, your symptoms will decrease.
Showering before you sleep can also help clear your hair, eyes, nose, and body of any allergen. Placing an air purifier in your bedroom, living room, and home office can also help remove allergens from your living space. Changing sheets and curtains can also remove these particles.
Use Artificial Tears
These eye drops help alleviate symptoms of eye allergy. Whenever your eyes feel itchy and dry, lubricate your eyes with artificial tears. These drops come in small bottles that can fit inside your pocket or purse. Ask your eye doctor what type of artificial tears can help you the most.
Stay Shut In
Pollen particles come in high amounts in the mornings and then in the early evenings. If you can, stay inside during these hours of the day. Keep the windows and doors closed. As an alternative to morning walks, get a treadmill or perform an equivalent workout indoors. These measures will help you during the peak spring season.
Refrain From Wearing Contact Lenses
When your allergies are flaring, you should remove your contact lenses. Wear your glasses instead. Contact lens surfaces tend to attract and collect allergens that drift in the air, making your eye allergies worse. If eyeglasses do not work for you, tell your eye doctor that you will use disposable contact lenses. Discard these lenses after a day’s use.
Remove Eye Makeup
After a long day, do not forget to remove eye makeup. Eye cosmetics can attract pollen and other allergens. These particles can stick to your eyelashes, eyebrows, and eyelids. If you leave your makeup on, your symptoms will only get worse when you get home.
Use Cold Compresses
Applying a cold compress to your eyes can help reduce the intensity of your eye allergy symptoms. At a drugstore, you can get eye compress packs that you chill in the refrigerator. You can even make your own. Soak a clean washcloth in cold water, wring it out, and place the cloth on your closed eyes until the cold fades. The cold helps reduce the swelling and soothe the irritation.
Spring eye allergies can get worse if you don’t know what to do. The above tips can help reduce the intensity of your symptoms. At Maple Eye and Laser Center, we guide our patients through the different seasonal changes. Please visit one of our clinics, in White Plains, New York (Westchester Office), and Manhattan, New York, for an in-person consultation.
Learn more about how to relieve spring eye allergies, contact Maple Eye and Laser Center in White Plains or Manhattan, NY at 914-948-5157.