The cold weather is finally ready to subside. It’s springtime, and with it comes an exciting time of the year to get outside and enjoy the sun and temperature. Unfortunately, it’s also when allergies start to rear their ugly head. With congestion, itchiness, and headaches, it isn’t nearly thrilling when you have allergies. Around 54% of Americans suffer from some sort of allergies, including reactions to your eyes. If you’re one of these people, a two-pronged attack of prevention and treatment is the only way to make spring bearable. Here’s how to do it.
Remove Your Contacts
Although contacts don’t cause eye allergies, they can certainly aggravate them. As a result, you may want to switch to eyeglasses instead of contacts for the first month of spring. This may also be a good time to consider LASIK, as you can ditch the contacts and glasses, lessening your reaction to allergies that you might have with contacts.
Use a Saline Solution
Even though your eyes may water as a result of allergies, they may feel dry. This can lead to constant rubbing that can cause further irritation. To relieve this itchiness or dryness, use a saline solution. This can reduce your risk to allergens coming in contact with the eye, as well as help you resist the urge to rub your eyes.
Pop on Your Sunglasses
Although the primary function of sunglasses is to protect your eyes from the sun, they also serve another purpose: keeping allergens from touching the surface of the eyeball. Unlike most eyeglasses, sunglasses are larger and cover more surface area around your eyes. The result is better overall protection.
If you need contacts or eyeglasses, you can always try to find a prescription pair of sunglasses so you don’t lose any vision. Again, if you want to enjoy spring and pop on any pair of sunglasses, now is the time to consider LASIK.
Dr. Alexandra Chebil operates a private Lasik Center in Orange County. Centrally located in Newport Beach, she is responsible for treating over 70,000 patients that are now enjoying their life without glasses or contact lenses.
Wash Your Hands and Face Frequently
Most allergic reactions to your eye are the result of the allergen landing on the eyeball itself. However, you can accidentally transfer pollen and other allergens when you rub your eyes. Allergens land on your hands and skin, and when you use your arm or hand to rub your eyes, you’ve immediately started an allergic chain reaction.
To combat this, wash your hands and your face frequently, maybe as much as two or three times a day. This will curb the incidence of inadvertently rubbing allergens into the eyes.
Use Eye Drops
Saline is effective at washing the eye, but it doesn’t provide any lubrication. If you find your eyes get itchy even after using saline, try medicated eye drops. By providing added lubrication, your eyes won’t feel dry, especially if they dry out as a side effect of antihistamine or decongestant usage.
Just because allergens are out in full force doesn’t mean you’re confined to your house. By understanding how to prevent and treat eye allergies, you can enjoy the spring without having to worry about the unsightly side effects.
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