Spring has sprung here in Orlando! With it brings a host of eye issues, including seasonal allergies. Any type of vision loss can significantly impact our quality of life. It’s important to protect your eyes from the invasion of that fine powdery substance we call pollen, that ends up just about everywhere!
What Causes Eye Allergies?
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “An allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts to an allergen that is normally harmless. When an allergen comes in contact with your eye, certain cells within your eye (called mast cells) release histamine and other substances to fight off the allergen. This reaction causes your eyes to become red, itchy and watery.”
What Can You Do To Combat The Pollen Invasion?
Wearing sunglasses blocks the pollen from flying into your eyes. They also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
Washing your hands frequently can diminish pollen and dirt particles from getting into your eyes when you rub them.
Artificial tears can wash any irritants and foreign objects out of the eye, reducing allergy systems and lubricating dry eye.
Change out contact for glasses. Give your eyes a break by wearing glasses. Contact lenses can be the source of many issues when pollen builds up inside them. It will also encourage you to clean them more often.
You would be surprised how much pollen and other allergens enter your home. An air purifier can greatly reduce them around in your home.
Since these allergens end up on the surfaces in your home, it is important to wash your bed sheets at least once a week in hot water and a hot dryer to kill most of the allergens.
If you are experiencing dry, itchy, red, or puffy eyes, it is important to have an eye comprehensive exam to rule out any vision problems.