Your eyes are some of the most sensitive structures of your body. This is why it’s common for your eyes to react to seasonal shifts. In particular, they may develop a hypersensitivity reaction during spring or fall, when the pollen count is high. As a result, your eyes become red, itchy and watery, which can be uncomfortable.
To help you, Eye and Vision Care, your provider of frames and other trusted eye care services, shares effective seasonal eye allergy remedies.
Avoid Contact With Your Trigger Allergen
Allergies occur when you come in contact with your allergen, which means the first thing you should do to prevent allergic attacks is to avoid your trigger allergen. If you’re allergic to pollen, avoid going out when the pollen index is high. If you must go outdoors, at least wear a face mask and use glasses to protect your eyes.
Apply a Cold, Wet Washcloth to Your Eyes
Another thing you can do is to apply cold, damp cloth to your eyes. Doing so can reduce the swelling and provide you relief. You can also use eye lubricants or sterile saline rinses to flush out allergens. Before doing so, don’t forget to take out your contacts. Once you do, then you can apply the saline solution or the lubricant to soothe your irritated eyes.
Take Prescribed Medication as Instructed
Your eye care specialist may prescribe antihistamine medications to counter the hypersensitivity reaction. They may come in oral or eye drop form. Either way, make sure you use them as prescribed. Your eye doctor may also suggest taking anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce the redness and puffiness of your eyes.
Have Your Eyes Checked Regularly
Most importantly, remember to have an eye exam regularly, especially if you always experience seasonal eye allergies. Getting a professional eye check-up is one of the best ways to maintain your eye health, no matter the season. This way, your eye doctor can easily assess and monitor your eyes and provide appropriate eye care management.
To learn more about seasonal eye allergies and our suggested management options, fill out our contact form and schedule an appointment. We serve Haymarket and the surrounding VA communities.