We hear it a lot this time of year: Allergies and eyes. Here are a few tips to help you tackle eye allergies:
  1. Take a Hands-Off Approach
    It’s hard not to touch them, but it’ll only make things worse. Rubbing causes mast cells to release more of those itch-causing chemicals. These things can help: If you wear contact lenses, take them out. Skip the eye makeup, and apply cool compresses to your eyes. Use preservative free artificial tear drops to wash allergens out of your eyes. Wash your hands often.
  2. Outdoor Triggers
    If your eyes well up when you go outside during spring or summer, you may have seasonal allergic conjunctivitis. Grass, tree, and weed pollens are the worst offenders. When pollen counts are high, stay indoors, keep your windows closed, and run the air conditioner. Wear sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  3. Indoor Triggers
    Pet dander, dust mites, and molds top the list. They can cause symptoms all year long. If you have a pet, keep them out of your bedroom. Can’t resist playing with Fluffy or Fido at a friend’s house? Wash your hands ASAP when you’re done. Change clothes as soon as you go home.
  4. Mop Away Mites
    If dust mites set off your symptoms, invest in bedding and pillowcases that keep them out. Wash sheets in hot water, and try to keep the humidity levels in your home between 30% and 50%. Clean floors with a damp mop. Don’t sweep — it stirs up allergens.
  5. Go on Mold Patrol
Clean bathrooms, kitchens, and basements where mold lurks. Get a dehumidifier to help remove moisture from the air. Change the water often. Get a HEPA filter for your air conditioner, too. It can trap mold spores before they attack your eyes.

Unfortunately, there are other triggers and remedies… We will have more for you in next week’s blog. Of course, if your symptoms are severe, feel free to give us a call as additional treatment may be needed.  Visit us in Annapolis or Kent Island, or click here to contact us today!