Did you know that the fall season is not the best time of year for people who have eye allergies? While spring is hard on some with allergic distresses such as red and itchy eyes, fall can also cause eye sensitivities that are just as nasty.
With just a few routine changes and care, you can fully enjoy the upcoming fall season. The pollen, leaves, and dust mites that come with the season do not have to ruin your days. Here is how you can keep fall eye allergies at bay.
Prepare early by updating your allergy medications. Consult your eye doctor for the right medication and dosage so you can begin taking medicine the minute pollen counts go up. Check out the reports on pollen count to know when pollen is heavy in the air so you can plan to stay indoors.
Always keep your windows closed so that no dust or pollen can enter. Although it can be tempting to open your car or house windows to let the cool, fresh breeze in, you may be triggering your allergies.
If your house is damp or has too much moisture, mold and mildew can develop. Ensure that your rooms and other parts of your house are clean. Rooms that are prone to moisture, such as the kitchen, garage, and bathroom, should stay thoroughly clean.
Ragweed is the main culprit in fall eye allergies. This wild plant produces such fine and thin pollen that you cannot easily see it in the air. Ragweed grows from August to November, with mid-September its peak season.
It makes people who are vulnerable to allergies fall ill easily. Since you cannot see the pollen in the air, it is best to wear eye protection when going outside to places that have pollen — for instance, parks.
When heading out, put on your sunglasses. You may want to consider wearing eyewear that covers your eyes fully to shut the pollen out of your eyes and lessen the harshness of soreness or itchiness. As well, clean your lawn regularly to ensure that no fallen leaves are left lying around in your compound.
If you usually experience extreme eye allergies, your eye doctor may recommend vaccination. Stock up on all the allergy medications that can ease your allergies. Medications such as prescription eye drops and pills.
If you wear contact lenses, remove them and clean them properly before wearing them again. Taking appropriate care of your eyes is important for preventing and treating symptoms of eye allergies. Also, consult your eye doctor for prevention tips and treatment options if you think you could be having eye allergies.
To know more about how to prepare for fall eye allergies, visit Coers Family Eyecare, PC, at our office in Columbus, Indiana. You can call (812) 408-8400 today to book an appointment.