Allergy Seasons and Eye Care: How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy

Allergy Seasons and Eye Care

The spring season is approaching us fast! But are you worried that allergies during this season can limit you from experiencing the beautiful weather outside?

Well, we understand that the spring season can be a challenging time for people that suffer from allergies, especially for those who suffer from allergic conjunctivitis. Allergic conjunctivitis is an allergic reaction that affects the conjunctiva, the thin layer of tissue that covers the front of the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Watery Eyes
  • Swelling of the eyes 

In this blog, we will discuss some tips on how to keep your eyes healthy during allergy seasons.

7 Tips for Eye Health During Allergy Season 

1. Identify the Allergens

The first step in managing your allergies is identifying the allergens that trigger your symptoms. Common allergens include pollen, dust, mold, and pet dander. Once you know what triggers your allergies, you can take steps to minimise your exposure to them. 

For example, if you are allergic to pollen, you can avoid going outside during peak pollen times, keep your windows closed, and use an air purifier.

2. Practice Good Eye Hygiene

Practising good eye hygiene is essential during allergy seasons. You should wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes, which can exacerbate the symptoms. Additionally, you should clean your bedding regularly and avoid rubbing your eyes as it can lead to further irritation.

3. Use Eye Spray

Zaspray® is a 3 in 1 solution that hydrates, lubricates and soothes the eye. It relieves itchy, irritated dry eyes caused by allergies. Zaspray is 100% preservative FREE, easy to use and ideal for those who struggle with eye drops. It can be used in addition to other anti-allergic therapies.

4. Wear Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from allergens such as pollen and dust. Wrap-around sunglasses are particularly effective, as they can prevent allergens from entering the eyes from the sides.

5. Avoid Rubbing your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes can worsen the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis, as it can spread allergens and cause further irritation. If your eyes are itchy or uncomfortable, try using a cool compress or taking a shower to rinse away the allergens.

6. Keep your Environment Clean

Keeping your environment clean can help reduce the allergens in the air. Vacuuming regularly, dusting, and using an air purifier can all help reduce the allergens in your home.

7. Consider Allergy Shots

If your allergies are severe, your doctor may recommend allergy shots. Allergy shots work by gradually exposing your body to small amounts of the allergen, which can help your body build up immunity to the allergen over time.

By following these tips, you can help keep your eyes healthy and reduce the symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis during the spring season. If your symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to consult with your doctor to discuss further treatment options.