Blue skies, blooming flowers and warmer days. Spring is around the corner and now is a good time to ‘spring clean’ your eyes! Seasonal allergies affect millions of people worldwide every year, and they can be particularly harsh on the eyes, leaving them red, puffy and itchy. Allergies and other eye conditions are known to flare up during this time of year, so here are some helpful tips to consider.
1. Wear Polarized Sunglasses
Exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to the eyes, leading to an increased risk of cataracts, retinal damage, chronic eye disease and even skin cancer on the eyelid. Sunglasses not only protect the eyes from harmful UV rays, but they also restrict pollen in the air from entering your eyes.
2. Wear A Hat
Not only can they be worn as a fashion statement; hats can shield your eyes from the sun. Providing adequate protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
3. Wash Hands Regularly
Making sure to wash your hands regularly is an important measure to prevent seasonal allergies. Pollen is everywhere so you should avoid touching or rubbing your itchy, irritated eyes and spreading infection.
4. Speak to Your Eye Care Specialist About Eye Drops
Eye drops moisturise and lubricate eyes, but eye drops can also help with your allergy symptoms, washing irritants out of the eyes and soothing dry and itchy eyes. Speak to your optometrist to recommend the best ones for you.
5. Clean Surroundings
Vacuuming, wiping down surfaces and using air purifiers can protect the eyes against airborne allergens such as pollen and dust.
6. Keep Your Contact Lenses Clean
Remember to clean and replace your contact lenses frequently or consider switching to daily disposable lenses, to prevent the accumulation of pollen and other allergy-causing debris.
7. Schedule an Appointment with Your Ophthalmologist
If you’re experiencing significant eye irritation, whether as an effect of seasonal allergies or for any other reason make an appointment with your ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist will be able to conduct an eye exam which may detect any underlying conditions and advise you on the most suitable preventative measures you can take this spring.
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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