March 20, 2013 is the first day of spring. It’s a day that marks a time of year many of us look forward to. With spring comes beautiful weather, blooming flowers and chirping birds. However, approximately 1 in 5 Americans have a different opinion of the season. It is estimated that close to a fifth of US citizens suffer from eye allergies. Some of the symptoms they have to endure are:
- Itchy eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- Watery eyes
- Red eyes
Pollen (a fine powdery substance, typically yellow, consisting of microscopic grains released into the air by trees, grass, and weeds) is the number one cause of springtime allergies. Once pollen is inhaled into the nose or gets in the eyes of a person who is allergic, their immune system overcompensates; creating the irritable symptoms those sufferers must bear.
There are measures that can be taken to help to provide relief and keep your eyes healthy during allergy season. A couple of these measures include:
- Daily disposable contact lenses
Replacing your contacts everyday lessens the opportunity for pollen to gather on the lens surface resulting in reduced eye irritation.
- Anti-allergy eye drops
Eye drops come in both prescription and over the counter varieties. You should consult your local eye doctor for help deciding which drop will provide safest, most effective relief.
Be preemptive this allergy season. Make an appointment and let our eye doctors and staff help you enjoy spring without red, itchy, swollen eyes.