Have Spring Allergies? How to Protect Your Eyes

spring eye careWith winter behind us and spring in full swing, it can be hard to manage healthy eyes. As allergies kick up and things like pollen start to leave your eyes feeling, dry, itchy, and looking extremely red, it’s important to understand how to properly take care of your eyes in order to get rid of any sort of irritation. Read on to learn more.

Try Wearing Glasses for a Change

If you’re a frequent contact wearer you likely hate to be seen in public wearing your glasses. However, during allergy season, you might want to reconsider and give your glasses a whirl. Because things like dust and pollen are naturally in the air, they can sometimes adhere to your contact lenses and cause your eyes to become further inflamed and/or irritated. Additionally, by giving your eyes a break from your contacts, you can help to prevent them from becoming even drier.

Try Eye Drops

Another great way to help reduce your eye’s reaction to allergies is to try some either over-the-counter eye drops or prescription strength eye drops from Dr. Steve Thom. To start out, try an over-the-counter eye drop that is designed specifically to treat allergies. Follow the instructions on the box and administer drops as directed for a couple of weeks. If your symptoms persist, it’s time to call Dr. Steve Thom.

In order to be prescribed prescription eyedrops for your allergies, you will have to undergo a brief eye exam in order for Dr. Thom to determine that the root of the problem is in fact your allergies. If determined that you do need prescription eyedrops for your allergies, make sure to administer them as directed by Dr. Thom. Otherwise, you won’t get the results needed to make you feel relaxed and comfortable.

Use Proper Hygiene

As one of the most important aspects of wearing contact lenses or coming into direct contact with your eyes, proper oral hygiene will help you to avoid getting any sort of eye infection or causing further irritation to your eyes. If your eyes are itching because of your allergies, don’t scratch them but if you do need to touch them for some reason, make sure you do so with clean hands. Keeping things like dirt and bacteria out of your eyes will save you from a lot of pain and discomfort further down the line.

To learn more about how to take care of your eyes during allergy season or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Steve Thom today!

 

 

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