The Spring Equinox is upon us! Today marks the first day of spring and many of us are saddling up for the next few months to be filled with our favorite outdoor activities. Most of us are eagerly looking forward to longer days, sunshine, and warmer weather. All the fun aside, the onset of spring comes with a few things to watch out for in relation to eye health. Take some time to look over the list below before heading out into the sun for some fun. See how you can help protect your eyes this spring season.
Pollen: Spring’s Top Eye Irritant
We love to spend time outside relaxing, doing yard work, or even playing with our kids. But it seems that allergies are the most unwelcomed visitor in the spring. Pollen is one that has a big impact on the eyes. Like other common allergies that surface this time of year, pollen can cause red, itchy, and dry eyes. This can really be a downer when it comes to outdoor springtime favorites.
One way to combat pollen is to wear sunglasses when you’re outside. This can create a barrier to block some of the pollen from entering your eyes, all while giving your eyes an added protection from harmful UV rays. Forgetting your sunglasses is common at the start of spring, but as time goes on be sure to grab a pair before running out the door!
Dirty Hands Yield Dirty Eyes
Our hands are in constant contact with objects that contain all different types of germs. In the spring, pollen and other eye irritants can easily be transferred from these objects onto our hands. As hard as we try to wash our hands before touching our faces or itching our eyes, it doesn’t always work out that way. This leads to increased redness and itchiness within the eye.
It is important to make sure our hands are clean before bringing them in contact with our eyes. This will help keep irritants out and our eyes less uncomfortably dry. There are a lot of other dry eye solutions that can help. One that is easy to have on hand at all times is a bottle of artificial tears. These simple eye drops can help wash away irritants, sooth dryness, and even reduce redness. Stop by your local drugstore to pick up a bottle today.
Switch Contacts for Glasses
If you are a contact lens wearer, it is common to notice dryness after leaving your lenses in for an extended period of time. The spring time tends to bring new elements that add to the dry eye already caused by contact lens overuse. Pollen and allergens can build up on the contact lens and add to overall eye irritation. One way to alleviate this eye strain would be to utilize a pair of glasses. Try switching out of your contacts and into glasses for the peak of spring allergy season to provide your eyes with some relief.
Although not wearing your contacts seems like a good sacrifice for less irritated eyes, wearing glasses is most likely not your ideal scenario. At Eye Associates, we understand that most people have a corrective eyewear preference. So, if you love your contacts but don’t want to wear them this spring, why not think about getting LASIK? The procedure is quick, painless, and can provide lasting improvement to your vision. Contact us today to schedule a complementary consultation, where we will see if you can say goodbye to contacts and glasses this spring… and every spring after!