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Six Ways To Say Goodbye To Annoying Allergy Eyes

By Essilor News

No matter where you live, allergens and their effects on your eyes are nothing to sneeze at. Researchers at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America say as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffer from some type of allergies.

So what’s an itchy-eye sufferer to do? Since we can’t persuade Mother Nature to give it a rest with the allergens, here are some tips to help protect your eyes, so you can stop and actually see the roses, not just smell them.

1. Know (and Avoid) Your Triggers

Pollen. Mold spores. Fresh cut grass. Animal dander. With so many possible allergens, Mother Nature sometimes seems intent on setting your eyes afire. If your eyes are itchy and red, check your local allergy report to see what allergens are active in your area and plan accordingly.

2. Wash the Day and Your Allergies Away

Some of the most comforting things in life like your pillows, blankets, and bed linens are exactly where allergens often accumulate. Regularly washing these items in hot water rinses away pesky allergens. Pro tip: These same irritants can also accumulate in your hair, so don’t forget to wash your do at the end of the day.

3. Close Your Windows

Who doesn’t enjoy a nice spring breeze wafting through an open window? If you are an allergy sufferer, probably not so much, since that fresh breeze is more like a pollen blaster. Your best bet? Stay inside, shut the windows and crank up the AC system. For additional protection, use a HEPA air filter to help capture allergens before they get in your eyes.

4. Make a (Stylish) Spectacle of Yourself

Allergy season can be especially challenging for contact lens wearers. The lens surface can be a magnet for airborne allergens. Fortunately, there’s no need to miss out on the outdoor splendor. Just give your eyes a break from contacts and kick up your stylish eyewear game with a new pair of glasses. What better way to show Mother Nature you’re a fashion-savvy boss?

If it’s been a while since you’ve refreshed your specs, find an eyecare retailer near you.

5. Chill Out. Literally

A cold compress or wash cloth can offer quick eye relief and reduce eye swelling when your allergies are truly raging. Just soak it in some cold water or stick in in the refrigerator to cool it down. They sit back, rest your head on a pillow, and enjoy some fast comfort.

6. What’s Up, Doc?

If your allergies and eye irritation just won’t quit, consider scheduling an appointment with an independent eye care professional. They can give your eyes a thorough check, and also prescribe medicated drops or other solutions to help alleviate your allergy-ridden eyes.