It’s Allergy Season: How to Protect Your Eyes

Along with the beautiful green mountains and fresh blooms of springtime in Utah also comes a high increase in pollen count. Unfortunately for many, that also means red, itchy, and puffy eyes as a result of pollen allergies. If you suffer from spring allergies, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans also suffer with eye allergies from pollen, but there are a few things you can do this season to keep your eyes happy and healthy.

Improve Your Environment

If pollen allergies are a big inconvenience in your everyday life, there are several things you can do to make sure your environment and home or work is comfortable and non-irritating. Don’t keep windows or doors open in your home, and make sure that air filters are changed regularly. If your allergies are extreme, you may also want to consider purchasing an air purifier for home or office to eliminate harmful allergens in your environment.

Treat Your Eyes Carefully

The eyes can be damaged very easily, so it’s important that even if your eyes are itchy and puffy that you don’t rub them. This can cause scratches or damage, and can even cause your eyes to itch more and more. Instead of rubbing, consider using a cold compress to ease the irritation and puffiness.

Eye drops are another effective treatment for eye allergies. Consider refraining from eye makeup or contact lenses during eye allergy flare-ups to remove any added irritants that could become more of a problem. Make sure to wash your hands often to prevent any irritants from coming in contact with your eyes if you do rub them accidentally.

See a Doctor

If your eye allergies are persistent and you just can’t find any relief, over-the-counter treatments may not be enough to give you the relief you need. Consider seeing an eye doctor who can diagnose your allergy and give you a prescription to treat it.