Although spring is always welcomed as it signals the end of winter and beautiful blossoms can be seen everywhere, it can be a challenging time for those who suffer from eye allergies.
National Eye Care Awareness Month (19 September to 16 October) coincides with spring and it’s the ideal time to prioritize eye health and good vision, especially if you’re prone to eye allergies.
If you experience hay fever (a condition with similar symptoms to cold) in spring, usually due to pollen, or have to endure the discomfort of the eyes as a result of dust and animal hair or particles in the air, there are various ways to help minimize the effect of these common allergens.
Pollen is the most common culprit when it comes to a trigger for springtime eye allergies. It consists of a fine powder-like substance which is released from seed plants and can potentially cause eye conditions such as conjunctivitis (also known as pink eye) – the inflammation of the white outer surface of the eye and inner lining of the eyelids.
If you’re not certain whether you are allergic to pollen, place some on your skin and lightly scratch it into the skin’s surface. If after 20 minutes there is a reaction, have your skin assessed by a medical professional to see if it is an actual allergic reaction, how severe it is and how it can be treated. You might like to read Fun, Safety and Healthy Holiday.
Here are some tips to minimize exposure to pollen:
- Clean your spectacles often. Try to use lens wipes or lens spray with no artificial cleaning ingredients.
- If you find pollen is affecting you in your home, hang up wet towels indoors to help capture pollen floating in the air.
- Vacuum your carpets properly or consider replacing old carpets and rugs with contemporary wooden or laminate floors and tiles.
- Wash your face and rinse your eyes more often and wash your hair regularly to get rid of excess pollen.
- Change your outfit in the bathroom. The humidity from the shower, basins etc. will prevent pollen from floating in the air.
- Have your vehicle’s ventilation system fitted with a filter to keep pollen from entering the vehicle.