The warm, promising sunshine of spring lures out the birds, the bees, the blossoms, and … the allergies.  Unfortunately, millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies.  Itchy, red, watery eyes during spring time is a good indicator that you are one of those millions who experience seasonal allergies, but what should and shouldn’t you do about it?

The Do’s of Allergy Season

  • Do wear your sunglasses when you are outside.  Wearing sunglasses during allergy season can help to block the pollen and dust from contacting and disturbing your eyes.
  • Do stay indoors when it is windy out.  The wind only makes conditions worse as it stirs up the pollen and dust, making them more abundance, so try to avoid the high risk situation for allergies by staying protected inside when it is blowing outside.
  • Do wear a pollen mask when doing yard work.  If you are needing to clean up your yard, like many of us do when spring time hits, then you will be mingling in close contact with the pollen and dust.  Wearing a pollen mask can help to diminish the effects the pollen has on you.
  • Do use eye drops.  Sometimes allergy medications can dry out your eyes.  If you are experiencing eye irritation with your allergies, use eye drops to help give you some relief from the dryness.  If you aren’t sure what drops to use we can help.
  • Do stay hydrated.  Drinking plenty of water during allergy season can help your body stay hydrated while fighting the allergy symptoms, especially if you are using medications that tend to dry your body out.
  • Do see your eye doctor.  If you are not totally sure that your symptoms are due to allergies, then you should schedule an appointment to come see us and let our doctors rule out all other possibilities of disease or infection.  It is best to play it safe when it comes to your vision.

The Don’ts of Allergy Season

  • Don’t rub your eyes.  If your eyes are already irritated from allergies, rubbing them will only make it worse.  Try to avoid the temptation to rub your eyes when they are dry and itchy from allergies.
  • Don’t leave doors and windows open. Even though the warm spring air is refreshing, leaving your doors and windows open while the spring time plants are in their pollination season offers more availability for them to enter your home and make your allergic reactions worse.
  • Don’t wear your contact lenses frequently.  Since allergies irritate your eyes already, wearing your contact lenses is liking to add to the irritation.  If you are able, wear your glasses more often during allergy season until the height of the season passes and the itchiness and irritation in your eyes has been relieved.

We hope you are able to simply enjoy this beautiful spring time season, but if your allergies begin to act up and you need some help getting some relief for your eyes, we are here for you!  Give us a call.  435.359.2020

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