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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.

What’s Your Cataract IQ?

Did you know that 50% of American over the age of 80 have cataracts? Or that more than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 are affected by cataracts? While injury or disease can cause cataracts in younger people, the fact is that most will develop cataracts in their later years as a result of aging. Unfortunately though, most people who are developing or have cataracts currently don’t even realize it.

Don't rub your eyes

Eye rubbing is common with many of us. Most of us rub our eyes sometimes without even recognizing that we do it.  But it can have detrimental effects on our eyes. Eye rubbing causes inflammation to occur making our eyes and lids red. It has been linked to eye diseases such as cataracts and keratoconus. It also loosens the skin around the eyes contributing to drooping eyelids as we age. It can have detrimental effects if we have had recent eye surgery. So next time you're tempted to rub think twice.

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