As the weather becomes warmer, allergy season begins. Springtime eye allergies can wreak havoc for some people and get in the way of enjoying this time of year. Below are a few tips to try to help alleviate your eye allergy symptoms to keep you more comfortable.
Eye allergies, like other allergies, are more prevalent in the spring because of pollen and other airborne allergens that begin to stir up with the changing of weather and thawing of the environment. The eyes are particularly susceptible because they are exposed to the elements most of the time allowing airborne particles to enter and agitate. Simply avoiding the allergens and limiting exposure helps. Until the season is over, whenever possible, check the weather for a pollen count and if it is high, simply stay indoors as much as feasible.
There are also eye medications to help reduce symptoms. If your symptoms are not too bad, you may find that over-the-counter eye drops will work just fine to reduce your discomfort. However, for more severe cases, prescription drops are better. There are several different kinds of formulations that will counter the effects of eye allergies which your Eye Michigan ophthalmologist will recommend for your particular problem.
If you are a contact lens wearer, you may consider switching to glasses for the spring which adds an extra protective layer in front of the eyes. If you would rather keep your contact lenses, be aware the allergens can build on the surface of the lens and cause a stronger allergic reaction. During spring, it is advisable to try single-use contact lenses to minimize the amount of allergen build up.
Make an appointment with your Eye Michigan doctor. Our doctors will determine the best way to reduce your eye allergy symptoms so you can better enjoy the beauty of springtime.