Springtime brings the sunshine back, flowers into bloom, changes in the air and allows for more outdoor fun. Although this time of year is sweet, for many, this season can also include many eye-irritating activities as well as allergies. Check out these six ways to care for your eyes this spring.
Manage seasonal allergies
Have you found yourself experiencing swelling, puffiness, itching or soreness in or around your eyes? Are your eyes red and creating discharge or becoming watery? You may have seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergies can cause eye irritation and even make it hard to wear contact lenses for those who need them. To prevent these symptoms and infections, you should replace your disposable lenses often or even consider trading them out for glasses for the season.
For more tips on how to deal with allergies this spring, check out our blog, Seasonal Allergies and Your Eyes: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions.
The warm weather brings many outdoor activities with it. From barbecues and picnics to baseball games and gardening, if you’re going to be outside, remember to always wear your sunglasses.
Wearing sunglasses can help shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Protect your eyes from extreme outdoor activities
Not only does the spring call for outdoor sports and barbecues, but it’s also a time for fireworks and bonfires. This means you may find yourself around increased exposure to extreme heat and smoke. To fully protect your eyes, make sure you keep your distance away from the smoke and in case of hazardous incidents.
It is also important to remember to wear appropriate eyewear, such as sport glasses and swimming goggles, when participating in activities they’re needed for.
Keep your hands clean
When spending your days outside, it is easy to get your hands dirty. Pollen and other allergens can easily transfer from your hands to your eyes. So, be sure you are thoroughly washing your hands as frequently as possible.
Keep your eyes moist
Bright, sunny days can leave your eyes dry. Staying hydrated throughout the day is vital if you want comfortable, healthy eyes.
You can do this by drinking plenty of water and by applying artificial eye drops to your eyes to help restore lost moisture. Read our blog, 7 Tips for Putting in Eye Drops, for more help.
Use an air purifier
One of the most overlooked ways to care for your eyes this spring is by using an air purifier. Pollen and dust can quickly spread from the outdoors to the inside of your home. Air purifiers can help rid the air of those unwanted allergens and circulate purified air back into the room.
Using an air purifier can help both your seasonal allergies and protect your eyes from irritation while you are inside.
Want to know more ways to care for your eyes this spring? Contact your local Mississippi Eye Care clinic!
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