“Roses are red…” and so are your eyes.
Spring is almost here and nature will be in full bloom, as well as pollen. If your eyes itch and are red, tearing or burning, you may have allergies (allergic conjunctivitis). The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology estimates that 50 million people in the U.S. have seasonal allergies.
Benjamin Franklin once stated, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” (Incidentally, he also invented bifocals.) The first approach in preventing or managing seasonal eye allergies is to avoid the allergens that trigger your symptoms. Outdoor allergens, such as pollen from grass, trees and weeds, are the worst culprits in the spring.
Here is a checklist on how to avoid or manage outdoor triggers:
- Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
- Make changes in your outdoor routine; pollen counts are at their peak during mid morning, early evening and when wind is blowing pollen around.
- When you are outdoors wear sunglasses, especially wrap-around styles, to keep pollen our of your eyes. Dark lenses also reduce allergy-related sensitivity to light.
- Wear glasses more often because contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergies.
- Don’t rub your eyes; it releases more histamine and makes allergy symptoms worse.
- You may need over-the-counter or prescription medications if your symptoms persist.
So before spring is truly in the air, make sure you visit us at American Vision at the Court for your annual eye exam and your prescription or non-prescription sunglasses for the upcoming seasons. Once spring has sprung, Dr Kirshner and his staff will be able to assist you with possible eye allergy symptoms that may occur.