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Spring is my favorite time of year.
The dreary winter weather leaves and we can head outside. To the beach. To the porch to read a book. And of course to the soccer fields if you are my family. The windows are open, I can live in sundresses… it’s a happy time of year.
Well, except for all the pollen. The pollen counts here in eastern North Carolina have been ridiculously high this year. You go outside and everything is covered in yellow. It’s not even just a light dusting this year, it’s a thick coating.
So if you suffer from allergies, going outside might make you feel like you want to scratch out your eyes from all that pollen. It got so bad that I had to resort to wearing my glasses instead of my contacts because my eyes were so irritated.
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from allergies (1 in 5 Americans)1
Eye allergies(what I call that feeling of wanting to scratch out my eyes) happen when airborne allergens and other particles land directly on the surface of the eye, causing irritation and redness; the body reacts to the substance by flooding the eyes with tears and mucus.
Symptoms of eye allergies may include:
- Swelling and puffiness of the eyelids
- “Foreign body sensation”
- Burning sensation
- Watery eyes
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If you are a contact lens wearer like me, you should remove them, then add VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops. Wait for at least 15 minutes, and then place contacts back into the eyes. Do not use VISINE®-A® Eye Allergy Relief Eye Drops while wearing contact lenses. That 15 minute wait time will allow the eye drops to be absorbed into the eyes before the contacts are put back in. If your eyes are irritated or infected, do not put your contacts back in.
VISINE® ALLERGY TIPS
- Wash linens and clothes regularly
- Keep windows shut to keep out pollen and other outdoor allergens
- Vacuum and dust often to reduce indoor allergens, such as dust and pet dander
- Run the air conditioner or air filter to sift out allergens. Make sure to keep those air filters clean and replace them regularly
- Put allergy proof covers on pillows, mattresses and comforters to ward off dust mites
- Check the pollen count before going outside each day – pollen counts tend to be highest 5 – 10AM
- Shower after being outdoors to remove allergens that may have stuck to you. Use a sterile saline eye wash to flush allergens out of your eyes
- Do not hang laundry to dry outdoors because allergens can stick to the clothes
- Glasses and sunglasses act as a barrier or shield to minimize allergens from sticking to your eyes
- If you prefer to wear contact lenses, choose a daily disposable lens, which can minimize accumulation of allergens as well.
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Do you suffer from seasonal allergies?
1 “CDC Fast Facts A-Z,” Vital Health Statistics, 2003