Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring Is Here!

It’s that time of the year. The sun is out. The bees are buzzing (sort of http://sos-bees.org/). Lawnmowers are coming out of hibernation. The boots are being put in the back of the closet to make room for flip-flops and sneakers.

Spring has finally sprung.

It sounds great. Unless you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, then it can be a real pain in the eye.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure you are fully prepared to get outside, enjoy the sunshine and smell the flowers.

The first step to managing your allergies is understanding what is causing them. The change in the seasons causes all sorts of allergy-inducing things to be floating around the air. The most common cause of seasonal allergies is pollen from grasses, weeds and trees.

The most common eye allergy symptoms are:

  • Red, irritated eyes

  • Itchiness

  • Tearing or runny eyes

  • Swollen eyelids

  • Soreness, burning, or pain

  • Sensitivity to light


If you suffer from any of these symptoms, don’t worry; there are very easy ways to relieve them. Many over-the-counter types of anti-histamine will help relieve your symptoms almost immediately. These medications work to block the histamines that are causing your discomfort. A number of different kinds of eye drops will give you instant relief as well.

Other ways to reduce the discomfort of seasonal allergies without the use of medications are:

  • Wear sunglasses when you go outside. They'll block some of the pollen and other outdoor allergens from getting into your eyes.

  • Rinse your eyes with water or apply a cold, wet washcloth.

  • Take out your contact lenses.

  • Don’t rub your eyes, no matter how much they itch. It will only make the irritation worse


Don’t bee afraid of allergy season, start enjoying the weather!

 

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From the eye doctors, opticians and staff at Rinkov Eyecare Centers. We’ve provided comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses and medical treatment of eye disease, such as cataract treatment, in Columbus, Ohio for over 35 years. Come see an optometrist at one of our convenient Columbus locations – Downtown, West, East, Westerville, Dublin, Bexley, Worthington, Nationwide Plaza, and now open in Hilliard!

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