As the seasons change, so do our allergies. Fall can be a particularly tough time for those sensitive to both indoor and outdoor allergies, despite the beautiful foliage. Here are a few of our top tips to help keep your eye allergies in check during fall allergy season:
Limit Exposure – this might seem obvious, but most people don’t take their surrounding into consideration. Ragweed, mold, dust mites, and pet dander are the biggest offenders from fall, into winter. Cleaning your home on a regular basis can help cut down on indoor allergies. Also keep an eye on the pollen count index – if it’s high it might be best to reschedule your outdoor plans.
Limit Contacts – Allergens can build up on our contacts over time, amplifying their impact on your eyes. Limit contact lens use or consider switching to daily use contacts.
Stop Rubbing – When allergies strike, you must resist the urge to rub your eyes. It will only intensify the itch and make your eyes more swollen.
Tears in a Bottle – Keep artificial tears on hand. Artificial teardrops can give your eyes much needed relief and wash away any allergen build up.
Fresh Air – Make sure your home’s air filter are replaced, or consider an air purifier to cut down on exposure to indoor allergens.
BONUS TIP – Make sure to see your optometrist early to develop a game plan to handle the fall allergy season. You can quickly schedule an appointment with us online or call 414-727-5888.