Allergy season in Calgary is upon us and it can feel never ending to those who suffer the symptoms of allergies including itchy, red eyes. Spring brings tree and flower pollen. As Summer arrives those irritants are joined by grass and weed pollen in the Fall. Red, itchy eyes, burning and stinging are the result, even more so for those living in the warmer parts of the city.
We want you to be able to enjoy the outdoors in Calgary so we wanted to give you some tips on how to protect your eyes from pollen.
Ways to Protect Your Eyes From Pollen
Stay informed by monitoring pollen counts on Calgary weather channels or news broadcasts so you can know when counts are unusually high. During these times try to limit your time outdoors as well as the following suggestions:
- Have someone cut your grass whenever possible
- Limit exposure to wooded areas
- Close doors and windows and use air conditioning if you have it, be aware that allergens are spread through the air in your home, and could be circulated via the air conditioner’s filter. Severe reactions may be a sign not to use the air conditioning unit at this time.
- Consider purchasing a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter which is more effective at removing allergens from the air in your home.
These measures are the first in trying to control seasonal allergies. But often times you will not be able to avoid them. What to do then?
There are many over the counter medications and eye drops to help flush out and soothe itchy, red eyes. Eye drops usually contain antihistamines and decongestants to help calm the irritation brought on by allergens. Some people who are affected may consult their Doctor about possible allergy drugs if they cannot experience relief from no prescription drugs.
Scheduling an appointment with your Optometrist might be a good idea for an exam to rule out any other problems that might be causing your discomfort. The Optometrist can offer suggestions, especially for those who wear contacts. The discomfort is your body defending itself from these invaders, whether you use over the counter or prescription drugs there is no reason to miss out on any of the fun due to allergies.