Allergy Season Has Arrived: What You Need To Know About Taking Care Of Your Eyes

You’re outside enjoying a perfect fall day, and suddenly, it hits you. Your nose itches, you feel your eyes begin to well up, and you have an itchy feeling in your throat that no amount of coughing can get rid of. It’s that time: allergy season.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re not alone. While seasonal allergies are common, they can also make it difficult to enjoy your daily life. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can take care of your eyes while you’re dealing with allergies.

Using artificial tears can be a helpful way to keep the surface of your eyes free of allergens. If you deal with watery eyes due to allergies, it can seem like artificial tears are unnecessary, but the opposite is true. When your body produces excess tears, it means that your eyes are working hard to flush out allergens. When you use artificial tears in addition to what your body is produces naturally, you’re giving your eyes a boost when it comes to staying clean.

Using an over the counter or prescription antihistamine medication can work to help relieve some of the eye itching associated with allergies, but these medications can also make it more likely that your eyes become dry. This can make it tough for your eyes to flush away allergens. If you use antihistamines, be sure to keep artificial tears on hand in case your eyes begin to dry out.

While it sounds obvious, it’s also key to avoid touching your eyes if you deal with allergies. Pollen and other allergens can collect on your hands, and rubbing your eyes can quickly transfer allergens to the surface of your eyes. Be especially careful not to touch your eyes when you’re outside, and be sure to wash your hands as soon as you come indoors.

Showering more often than normal can also be helpful in keeping your eyes free of allergens. When you’re outside (even if it’s just a quick walk from the car to the house), allergens can collect in your hair and on your skin. Rinsing off in the shower before you go to bed can help you get a more restful sleep than if you try to snooze covered in allergens.

If you’re struggling to keep contacts in your eyes, or your allergies are otherwise seriously affecting your daily life due to their effects on your eyes, be sure to schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for help in deciding what type of allergy treatment will be the best fit for you.