Spring to summer to fall, for allergy sufferers the change of the season can be dreadful.  If you are like the millions that suffer from allergy red, itchy, swollen, puffy eyes, these five tips can help reduce your allergy eye signs and symptoms.

Wear Sunglasses and Glasses

The pollen and other airborne allergens can have a tendency to attract to one's eyes.  Wearing proper fitted sunglasses when outside will help reduce the amount of allergens that reach the eye.

Contact lens wearers can experience a more severe allergy eye reaction.  By reducing your contact lens wear time and wearing your glasses more will help reduce eye inflammation and improve overall health of the eye.

Contact lens wearers can also drastically improve the health and reduce eye allergies by changing to a 1-day or Daily contact lens.  This will improve the overall health of your eyes and also eliminate the need for contact lens solution.  Contact lens cleaning solution contains many chemicals and harmful preservatives that many people are allergic to.

Try Cucumbers

Applying a cool compresses over the eyes with a cool washcloth or wrapped ice-pack can help reduce the severity of puffy eyes.  Some may prefer to use sliced cucumbers for the same cooling relief as well as it's antioxidant properties.

Shut The Windows

Keeping pollen and other outdoor allergens outside is key to a healthy home.  It is recommended that during peak allergy times, keep the windows shut in your house and run the AC to keep the air circulating.  It is also important to change your air-conditioning unit's air filter.  

Eye Drops

Using over-the-counter artificial tears multiple times a day can help reduce the severity of allergy eyes. Although it is not an Allergy Medicine, good artificial tears such as Systane can improve the health of your eye's tear film.  A healthy tear film can reduce an allergy eye reaction, and using the artificial tears can help wash away pollen and other allergens from the eye's surface.

Visit an Allergy Specialist

If the previous steps do not improve your allergy eyes it may be time to visit an Allergy Eye Specialist at Eye Columbus.  Our doctors have the tools necessary to properly treat and manage your allergy eyes with prescription and non-prescription treatment options.

If you experience itchy, swollen allergy eyes, call your Eye Columbus location immediately.  

by Dr. Craig Miller | Eye Columbus

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