How to Protect Your Eyes During Allergy Season
While the summer’s not technically over yet, we’re starting to see the signs of its departure here in Southeast Michigan. Even though it’s still hot, the days are slowly getting shorter, some of the leaves have started to change color and with that comes autumn.
Many people don’t realize that fall is one of the worst times of the year for those suffering from allergies. If you are one of those people, it’s important to remember that allergies don’t just affect your lungs and skin, they can affect your eyes to, which is why I’ve collected a list of ways to protect your eyes during allergy season.
Pay attention to pollen reports
Be aware of the pollen levels. Ragweed is the most common fall allergen and according to Weather.com, this autumn is supposed to be one of the worst years yet for allergies.
Dr. Cliff Bassett, a New York allergist, said, “(Hot temperatures) are telling plants to produce more pollen, in some cases 3-4 times more pollen than usual.” And this means that there will be more ragweed pollen in the air.
Limit your time outside
No one likes to be a shut-in, but sometimes it’s necessary to avoid a harsh allergy season. The two things I suggest avoiding most are wooded areas and mowing the lawn. Forests, especially, are loaded with plants that will trigger your allergies, and nothing’s worse than red, itchy eyes.
Close your windows when possible
One of the best things about fall is that it’s cool enough to turn your air conditioner off and open your home’s windows, but it’s also a double-edged sword for allergy sufferers. Keeping your windows open will allow allergens from outside make their way into your home, which can make life a heck of a lot less comfortable.
These are not the only ways you can protect yourself against fall allergies, but they are a great place to start. If you suffer from red, itchy or swollen eyes, you may want to consider making an appointment with your eye doctor or allergist. And don’t forget, if you have any questions about how to protect your eyes against allergies, just leave me a comment below!