Approximately 50 million Americans experience seasonal allergies, which come with a slew of bothersome eye symptoms including dryness, itchiness and teary eyes. If the fall season means trouble for your eyes, you could probably use some tips to manage your allergies. The trusted eye experts at Austin Eye are here help.
Protect Your Eyes
Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes
Allergens (not to mention bacteria) can stick to your hands and be easily transferred to your eyes. As a safety measure, avoid rubbing or scratching your eyes and wash your hands frequently.
Use Artificial Tears
Artificial tears can flush out airborne allergens, like pollen, from your eyes. Need help choosing an over-the-counter eye drop brand? A member of the Austin Eye team can recommend one for you based on your symptoms.
Sunglasses safeguard your eyes from bacteria and allergens floating in the air. Opt for wraparound sunglasses, as they offer the most protection against airborne irritants.
Practice Proper Care for Your Contact Lenses
Allergens can stick to and build up on contact lenses, making the eyes itch and dry out. For this reason, you should clean your contact lenses thoroughly every day. It is also a good idea to swap your contact lenses for eyeglasses as much as possible, as glasses prevent allergens from reaching the eyes in the first place.
Manage Your Environment
Wash Your Bedsheets
Allergens, including pollen and dust mites, can stick to bedding easily. Washing your bedsheets and pillow cases in hot water once a week can help kill most allergens.
Use an Air Purifier
Using an air purifier can drastically reduce the amount of pollen and other allergens floating in the air in your home. High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifiers are designed to filter out particles of all sizes, including pollen, dust mites and mold. For best results, use your air purifier with the doors and windows closed.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Eye Doctor
The trusted eye doctors at Austin Eye are here to help you find relief from your allergy symptoms. For more information on how to combat eye allergies, please schedule an appointment by contacting our North Office at (512) 250-2020 or our Central office at (512) 454-2020.