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eye allergiesWith spring fast approaching, we have great things to look forward to! The warmer weather brings with it baseball, flip-flops, ice cream, and beautiful sunny days. Unfortunately, spring also brings pollen, allergies, and very irritated eyes. It is a beautiful time of year that has the potential to be very uncomfortable when eye allergies are flaring up. Thankfully, there are ways to minimize the discomfort when your eyes become irritated!

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Stay Indoors When Pollen & Mold Counts are High

Days that are windy, hot, and dry are the worst for those with allergies. It’s ideal to remain inside as much as possible from 5am-10am, which is typically when pollen counts are highest. Staying indoors during the early evening can be similarly helpful.

Don’t Rub Your Eyes

This should be your number one rule during allergy season. Much like scratching a rash, rubbing your irritated, itchy eyes will give you relief for a moment. In the long run though, it won’t do anything but irritate them further. Additionally, it may be a good idea to give your eyes a break from contacts. Wear glasses for a few days and try to leave your eyes alone.

eye allergiesUse Eye Drops

This is very likely something you are already doing. There are plenty of great prescription eye drops as well as some over-the-counter options you can use to treat your eye allergies. There are also eye drops that essentially function as artificial tears and can aid in keeping your eyes comfortable and moist.

Keep Your Eyes Comfortable

In addition to artificial tears, there are other things you can do to keep your eyes comfortable. Try to keep light to a minimum when you’re indoors and wear sunglasses when you’re outside. Do your best to limit time spent staring at a computer or television screen. When your eyes begin to feel irritated, you can try cold compresses to reduce the irritation.

These are all good ways to protect your eyes and reduce their susceptibility to allergies and irritants. After all, spring is a wonderful time of the year and you don’t want your allergies holding you back!