We’re sorry to disappoint those of you who thought if we suffered through our worst winter in years that the consolation prize would be that we could kiss this year’s allergy season goodbye. In reality, the lengthy winter and cold temperatures experienced throughout much of the United States this year actually make it better for trees to pollinate – potentially leading to a worse allergy season. Now that you’re armed with this lovely news, the Highlands Ranch eye doctors at Vision Care Specialists wants to ease those itchy, watery eyes and help you mount a valiant defense to survive the 2014 allergy season as comfortably as you can.
Why will allergy season be worse?
First, trees have benefited from the extra snow pack and even if they release pollen later due to colder temperatures, the pollen is more potent. Also, the extra moisture we’ve had makes molds thrive, so those who suffer from mold allergies will find their symptoms worse this year.
What can you do to ease your allergy suffering?
Since most seasonal allergies are caused by plants releasing their pollen, it’s virtually impossible to avoid them outside of locking yourself in a hermetically sealed contraption. Don’t despair! Our Highlands Ranch eye doctor suggests these tips to lesson your discomfort:
- Wash your face and shampoo or rinse your hair before going to bed. Removing allergens that have landed on your face and hair while you’re outside during the day prevents them from getting on your pillow, and ultimately your eyes, as you roll around during sleep at night.
- Rinse your eyes out with water or lubricating eye drops. Similarly, eye drops or a water flush will dislodge allergens that cause your eyes to be itchy and red.
- Apply a cold compress to your eyes. Run a washcloth through cold water or put an eye pillow in the refrigerator. Lie down and place the cold compress over your eyes. Swelling should be reduced in no time.
- Keep pollen out of your home. Close windows, take off your shoes and be mindful where you’re tossing your clothes so the pollen won’t infiltrate your home. A HEPA air filter is quite effective at removing allergens from your home.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses when you’re outside. The more you can do to block allergens from entering your eye, the better off you’ll be.
- Switch out your contact lenses. Contact lens wearers need to take measures to ensure their eyes stay moist and strictly follow the schedule for replacing contacts or consider purchasing disposable contacts.
- Pay attention to pollen counts and stay indoors at dawn and dusk. Pollen counts are typically the highest at dawn and dusk. On days when the weather reports are predicting high pollen counts, severe allergy sufferers should plan to stay indoors.
How to Use This Information
When over-the-counter remedies fail to relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies, it just might be time to schedule an appointment with our Highlands Ranch eye doctor. Our doctors can help you determine the best drops to use, if you should consider a different contact lens and can even help you pick out wraparound frames that will reduce the amount of pollen hitting your eyes. Please contact us online or call 303-991-9600 to schedule an appointment today.
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