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Spring is in the air, and so is pollen. As much as we love the sunny days and blooming flowers, it’s hard to ignore the pesky allergy symptoms that come with it. And while we focus on the runny nose and itchy throat, we often forget about our eyes. Itchy, red, swollen, and watery eyes are common symptoms during allergy season. But fear not, we have compiled some tips to help you protect your eyes during high pollen counts.

Avoid Rubbing Your Eyes

As tempting as it may be, rubbing your eyes only makes the situation worse. Rubbing itchy eyes leads to more irritation due to the allergens that are already in your eyes. Instead, use a cold compress or artificial tears to soothe the itchiness. Be sure to use a clean cloth to avoid any further irritation.

Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, they also work wonders when it comes to protecting your eyes from allergens. They act as a barrier between your eyes and the pollen, reducing irritation and itchiness. Invest in a pair that has 100% UV protection and wraparound frames for maximum coverage.

Keep your home clean

Allergens love to cling onto clothes, shoes, and even your pets. Make sure to keep your home clean by vacuuming, dusting, and washing beddings regularly. Keep windows and doors closed to prevent allergens from entering your home. You can also use an air purifier to filter out any allergens in the air.

Take Antihistamines

Antihistamines are a popular way to combat allergy symptoms, including eye allergies. They work by blocking histamine, which is the substance that triggers allergic reactions. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about which antihistamine is best for you.

Consult Your Eye Doctor

If your eye allergies persist despite taking these precautions, it’s best to consult with an eye doctor. They can provide further treatments such as prescription eye drops that can help alleviate symptoms. They can also identify any underlying eye conditions that may be causing the allergies.

Allergies can be a nuisance, especially when it comes to our eyes. But with these tips, you can protect your eyes during high pollen counts and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes, wear sunglasses, keep your home clean, take antihistamines, and consult with your eye doctor if needed. With just a few simple steps, you can say goodbye to itchy, red, and watery eyes this allergy season.