Autumn brings comfortable weather, which makes it a great time to take long walks in the park. With the beautiful foliage as your background, you’ll surely have a lot of fun sharing stories and hearty laughs with your loved ones. That said, this season may also increase your risk of having allergic conjunctivitis, or eye allergies. Let your reliable optometrist from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care share four tips for preventing this problem.
1. Identify And Avoid Your Specific Allergen
Most of the time, your specific allergen is a seemingly harmless substance. For unknown reasons, however, it may trigger a hypersensitive reaction from your immune system, causing your eyes to turn red, itchy, and watery. Grass, pollen, and outdoor airborne matter are some of the usual culprits. You may also have an eye allergy attack when lint, dust, and pet dander irritate your eyes. Overwhelming scents, such as strong colognes and cigarette smoke, may cause this problem as well.
2. Use Personal Protective Equipment When Going Outside
While it may be best to stay indoors to prevent allergic conjunctivitis during this time of the year, this may seem unlikely to happen. What you can do is to wear a face mask, safety goggles, or wrap-around eyeglasses before stepping outside. Doing so reduces the chances of outdoor irritants from entering your eyes.
3. Maintain Cleanliness And Observe Proper Hygiene
Another effective way to prevent eye allergy attacks is to maintain cleanliness. Vacuum your rugs, sweep the floors, and wipe your furniture to reduce dust and dirt accumulation. Make sure to wear a face mask and protective eyewear while doing so. Using hypoallergenic pillow cases and bed sheets is also a good idea. We recommend observing proper hygiene at all times as well. Washing your hands frequently helps prevent hand-eye transmission of allergens.
4. Remember To Visit Your Eye Care Specialist
Having a routine comprehensive eye exam is one of the best ways to maintain your eye health, no matter the season. During your visit, we may also include antihistamine or anti-inflammatory medications in your treatment plan. Taking them can help relieve your eye allergies, improving your visual comfort.
For more tips for preventing eye allergies this fall, call us at (301) 859-4060 or complete our form. We serve Rockville and nearby MD areas, as well as Alexandria and the surrounding VA communities.