1. Avoid exposure! Limiting exposure can help provide some relief – try closing windows, wearing wrap-around sunglasses, and using air conditioning at home or in the car to filter the air.
2. Don’t rub your eyes if they itch! It may provide temporary relief, but eye rubbing releases histamine and worsens allergy symptoms! It can also lead to corneal thinning, keratoconus, and increase your risk of eye infection. Use a cool compress instead to calm the inflammation.
3. Wear daily disposable contact lenses or think about breaking out your glasses more often! The surface of your contact lenses can attract and accumulate airborne allergens.
4. Shower and gently clean your eyelids to remove any pollen that could cause additional irritation while you sleep.
5. Use plenty of artificial tears to wash airborne allergens from your eyes. Ask us which brands work best!
6. Make an appointment! If you still suffer from red, itchy, burning, watery, or swollen eyes, we can help!!