Tips to minimize misery of spring allergies


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say this spring could be extra rough for allergy sufferers. The cold and wet winter could lead to the spring’s pollen counts being higher than usual. For the millions of you who suffer from seasonal allergies, your eyes could be redder, itchier and more watery than usual. While allergy medicines can offer relief, our friends at Eye Smart and the American Academy of Ophthalmologist (AAO) have come up with a list of alternative tips to help you minimize the misery associated with spring allergies. 
1). From our previous blogs, you know that we always recommend wearing sunglasses that block 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays. Well, wearing your sunglasses can also help protect your eyes from pollen. On a side note, don’t forget that sunscreen. April sunshine is more intense.
2). The temperatures are absolutely perfect right now. Coming off that long, cold winter, everyone is spending as much time as possible outside. I have seen so many bikers and walkers enjoying the nice sunshine. Even when we are inside we want to experience as much of those temperatures as possible. I mean who doesn’t love saving money on A/C by opening windows to get fresh air. But, if you suffer from spring allergies, it might be best to keep those windows closed. Keeping your windows closed also applies to driving around in your car. I know that might be hard to hear with the perfect 70 degree days right now, but it might be beneficial if you suffer from allergies. 
I recommend checking out the rest of the tips from EyeSmart here.
If you still have some questions related to itchy or red eyes, please give the Taustine Eye Center a call at (502) 458-9004. We would love to hear from you.
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