With spring already in bloom and summer coming soon, we are witnessing the return of seasonal allergies. Whether your eyes are red, itchy, burning or crying, these symptoms are daily annoyances that many people live with. Fortunately, there are some tips to relieve the symptoms or ocular allergies.
Here are a few:
Reduce your exposure to allergens
Avoiding outdoor activities in windy or hot weather will help you reduce contact with allergens. If you suffer from pollen allergies, yard work should be done the day after a rainfall, since rain cleans the air. It is also advisable to ventilate rooms when you’re inside for a long time.
Wash your hands and face
It is recommended to first wash your hands with soap, then wash your face without soap, since it can irritate eyes. Washing your face will clear your skin of pollen and other potentially irritating elements. Also, for fans of makeup like eyeliner or mascara, it’s important to remove eye makeup, because pollen can easily stick to it and cause allergic reactions.
Have impeccable eye hygiene
If you wear contact lenses, keep your lubricating drops on hand. They can be very useful at all times, but especially when pollen is very present in the air. It is also crucial to clean your lenses according to the recommendations of your eye care professional, As much as possible, consider wearing daily disposable lenses, since a new pair of contact lenses every day will avoid the accumulation of pollen that occurs when you wear lenses for a long period.
Nevertheless, you might still suffer from symptoms of persistent allergies despite following these tips. You should therefore not hesitate to make an appointment with your optometrist so they can evaluate your eye health and prescribe the appropriate treatment.