Don’t you just love the signs of Spring? Budding trees, bright yellow tulips and birds flirting shamelessly. But, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, this can literally be a sight for sore eyes.


Are itchy, watery eyes part of your Spring experience? Here are some tips to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies and increase your enjoyment of the season.


Minimize Exposure

Although this article aims to get you outside to enjoy the fresh spring air, it is recommended that if your allergies are really bad, you should be aware of the pollen index and on days when it’s high, close your windows and doors to protect your eyes. This will keep the air inside of your home pollen-free!


Can’t avoid the great outdoors? Be sure to wash your face, including brows and eye area, when you come back in the house to rinse away those sneaky pollens.


Over-the-Counter Antihistamine Medications

There are plenty of over-the-counter meds to help relieve your symptoms. You will have a few hours of reprieve, so you may consider taking these early in the day to make the most of it.


There are many different options, so it is best to consult with your pharmacist to determine which is suitable for you.


Do Not Rub Your Eyes!

Under no circumstances should you scratch that itch! Rubbing your eyes can trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals leading to issues that may require an immediate visit to your eye doctor. The instant relief that rubbing your eyes provides is short-lived, and you’ll find yourself rubbing again. Don’t do it! You can cause damage to your cornea, including a condition called Keratoconus, and eye rubbing can introduce bacteria from your hands to your eyes, leading to possible infections.


If the urge to keep scratching is bigger than you, speak to your Optometrist to find the best solution for you.


Shelve Your Contacts

Contact lenses are convenient! Slip them on and go about your day. However, during allergy season, best to wear your glasses. This will prevent pollen spores from sticking to your contact lenses, keeping the irritants in your eyes.


If you are giving your eyes a break from contacts, you might consider a pair of glasses with Transition lenses. Your corrective lenses will become dark while outdoors and clear again once you’re back indoors. So convenient!


Wear Sunglasses

Your sunglasses work as a shield against pollen spores. Slip them on, and they’ll protect your eyes. The wider the sunglasses, the better! This way, they will also protect the delicate skin around your eyes from UV rays. 2 in 1 solution!


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Are you still looking for relief? Visit your IRIS Optometrist for more specific solutions based on your needs. Book your appointment today!