The warm sun, light breeze and blooming flowers of spring make it the perfect season to spend time outdoors, especially after being cooped up inside during the winter. However, spring is also the season of eye allergies, which can hamper your fun.
Read on as Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care, your trusted provider of laser eye surgery and other eye care services, shares some tips on keeping spring eye allergies at bay.
Check the Pollen Index Before Going Outside
Blooming flowers bring color and life to your surroundings, but they also cause an increased pollen count. Pollen is the major culprit behind springtime eye allergies, which can cause your eyes to become itchy, watery and red. You may also have congested sinuses and a runny nose. Visit your eye doctor for an eye exam as soon as possible, and, in the meantime, try to avoid going outside when the pollen count is high.
Use Eye Protection When You’re Outdoors
Wearing sunglasses whenever you’re outside is another good idea. Not only do sunglasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays, they can also block airborne allergens from coming into contact with your eyes. Look for sunglasses with 100% UV coverage. You may also wear a face mask or a wide-brimmed hat for additional protection.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Frequent handwashing reduces the risk of hand-eye transmission of allergens. Keeping your surroundings clean by sweeping the floors and changing your linens on a regular basis can also help prevent allergic attacks. An air purifier can also help.
Have a Spring Eye Exam
Having an eye exam is one of the best things you can do for your eyes. During your visit, we may recommend more ways to keep seasonal eye allergies at bay.
For more tips on managing springtime eye allergies, get in touch with us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Rockville, MD, and other nearby areas.