Eye Allergies in the Fall

Thursday, September 15th, 2016, 3:58 am

Summer is over and fall is upon us. And with the change in the air comes a new crop of allergens. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the fall months are actually just as bad as the springtime for people who suffer from allergies. To make sure you enjoy this brisk, colorful season without letting eye allergies get the better of you, consider these tips:

  • Stay up on pollen. There are plenty of resources online with pollen reports that can let you know when the pollen count is high. Check out pollen.com or wunderground.com for the latest on what’s in the air. And take note that ragweed tends to be a prominent allergy trigger this time of year.
  • Clean your vents. When your furnace kicks on, especially for the first time this season, it will likely emit indoor irritants that can make your allergies worse. Cleaning your vents now in preparation for the cooler weather will do wonders for your eye allergies as the season progresses.
  • Don’t shed the shades. Sunglasses do more than just protect your eyes from the sun. They also help keep pollen out of your eyes, as well as reduce itchiness and redness.
  • Care for your contacts. Making sure your contacts are cleaned and stored properly is a good rule to follow yearlong, but proper eye care is crucial for treating allergy symptoms in the dry fall air.
  • Visit your eye doctor. Autumn allergy triggers often coincide with chronic dry eye, so it’s a good idea to see your eye doctor to determine if the itchiness and dryness you’re suffering from could be dry eye in addition to, or instead of, seasonal allergies.

To learn more about protecting again eye allergies during the fall months, or to schedule an appointment, please complete our convenient online contact form. For locations, click here to find a center near you.

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