How to Prevent Allergies from Affecting Your Eyes

How to Prevent Allergies from Affecting Your Eyes

Here in Cumbria, we’re incredibly lucky to be surrounded by spectacular scenery. However, for allergy sufferers that comes at a price. They can experience itchy, red and puffy eyes when pollen from grass, trees and flowers makes contact with the surface of their eyes.

These allergens activate an immune response in the body, causing histamine to be released, which in turn, results in inflammation. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to prevent allergies from affecting your eyes.

Eyewear — The Bigger the Better

Eyewear — The Bigger the Better

Sunglasses don’t just look great. They can stop pollen from getting into your eyes when outdoors. Wraparound frames, in particular, provide an effective barrier to allergens on more breezy days.

Avoid Contact Lenses

A common myth is that contact lenses guard against pollen, but the opposite is true. Pollen can get under your lenses and aggravate your eyes. We therefore recommend switching from wearing contact lenses to glasses as soon as spring arrives if you have allergies.

Daily Showers and Cleaning

Daily Showers and Cleaning

Having a shower after walks and at the end of the day removes pollen grains. This reduces the risk of having sore, red eyes from allergies. It’s also a good idea to wash your clothes, wipe down household surfaces and vacuum more frequently.

Adjust Your Diet

Drinking alcohol can make your allergies worse, so consider reducing your intake during hayfever season.

Eye Drops

Eye Drops

Eye drops form a layer of protection for your eyes. Prevention is better than cure when managing eye allergies so for the best results, start applying them before the summer starts i.e. the peak time for exposure to pollen.

Stay Indoors

Try to remain indoors and close your windows when the pollen count is especially high. You can check the pollen forecasts on reputable weather apps or websites to plan your day.

Find Out More

We hope that these tips reduce the impact of hayfever on your eyes this summer. Our welcoming staff are more than happy to discuss the best eye drops for you. All you need to do is contact us at one of our branches today!

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