Eyes of Lubbock is committed to providing top-notch eye care services to our clients. We understand that eye allergies can be a source of discomfort and irritation for many people, especially during seasonal changes. Today we’ll break down the irritants that come with each season and how you can limit your reaction to each.
Spring: Pollen Overload
Spring is a beautiful time of year, with blooming flowers and trees bringing life back to the landscape. However, it can also be challenging for those suffering from seasonal allergies, especially eye ones. Pollen from trees, grasses, and flowers is the main culprit behind springtime eye allergies, leading to red, itchy, watery eyes and light sensitivity.
It’s a good idea to stay informed about your area’s pollen count to combat springtime eye allergies. You can find this information on local news stations or online. On high pollen count days, try to limit your time outdoors and keep your windows closed. Additionally, consider investing in a pair of wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen when you are outside.
Summer: Smoke and Smog
Summer is a time for outdoor activities, barbecues, and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, it is also a time when air pollution levels can rise, leading to increased eye allergies. Smoke from wildfires, smog, and other pollutants can cause eye irritation, itching, and redness.
During the summer months, do your best to pay attention to air quality reports and limit your outdoor activities on days with poor air quality. Air conditioning and air purifiers can help remove pollutants from the air indoors. You might also consider using over-the-counter or prescription allergy eye drops to help alleviate symptoms.
Fall: Ragweed and Mold
In the fall, the primary cause of eye allergies shifts to ragweed and mold. Ragweed pollen and mold spores can be found in the air, especially during damp and rainy days. These allergens can cause itchy, watery, red eyes and other allergy symptoms.
To protect your eyes from fall allergies, keep your windows closed and use a dehumidifier to reduce indoor humidity levels. Regularly clean your home to minimize mold growth, and frequently vacuum to remove allergens from carpets and upholstery.
Winter: Indoor Allergens
During winter, indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, and mold can trigger eye allergies. As people spend more time indoors, these allergens can accumulate and lead to symptoms like red, itchy, and watery eyes.
To reduce winter eye allergy symptoms, maintain a clean home environment by dusting and vacuuming regularly. Wash your bedding in hot water to kill dust mites, and consider using allergen-proof covers for your pillows and mattress.
At Eyes of Lubbock, we’re to help!
Eye allergies can be a year-round concern, but by understanding the specific triggers for each season, you can take steps to minimize your exposure and alleviate symptoms. If you are struggling with eye allergies or have concerns about your eye health, schedule an appointment with Eyes of Lubbock today. Our dedicated optometrists are here to help you see clearly and comfortably, no matter the season.