9 Healthy Spring Eye Care Tips
Spring’s warm weather finally makes it the perfect time to have fun outside. However, common eye conditions that occur in the spring season may prevent you from enjoying the sun and the great outdoors.
If you suffer from allergies, the eye doctors at Short Hills Ophthalmology are here to share nine tips to help protect your vision and eyes this season.
1. Manage Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal spring allergies and contact lenses are usually not a good combination. Allergens like pollen, mold, and dust mites can leave your eyes watery, itchy, and even cause pain, particularly if you wear contacts.
To prevent inflammation, irritation, and infection, replace your disposable lenses more often. Better yet, consider trading your contacts for prescription glasses, at least until allergy season is over.
At Short Hills Ophthalmology, we offer allergy testing at both of our locations in Clifton and Short Hills to help identify allergens and make them easier to avoid during allergy season.
2. Limit the Time You Spend Outside
Although you may be excited to spend time outdoors, there’s a high pollen count this time of the year. If your eyes have become red, watery, and itchy, it would be best to spend less time outdoors.
Also, visit your eye doctor to get relief for your allergy symptoms. Your ophthalmologist may prescribe eye drops. But if those don’t work, you might be given corticosteroids, decongestants, or antihistamines.
3. Deep Clean Places You Spend the Most Time
By deep cleaning your home and workspace, you’ll considerably avoid exposure to pollen and other eye irritants. Take the time to vacuum, wipe down surfaces, and mop the floors.
You can also use an air purifier to get rid of airborne particles. This will help minimize any hypersensitivity your eyes may be experiencing.
4. Don’t Forget to Blink
The importance of blinking can’t be overstated. Many people tend to forget to blink, especially when they’re in front of screens, like smartphones, tablets, or a television.
But blinking less when using your screen for extended periods contributes to dry eyes. Blinking also helps prevent your eyes from drying out and distributes oils, which is good for your eye health.
In addition, apply the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your digital device at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds after every 20 minutes. This is the perfect time to remember to blink!
5. Wear Your Sunglasses
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in the spring, like barbecues and picnics. But, if you’re going to be outside, always remember to wear sunglasses.
Sunglasses will help shield your eyes from harmful UV rays. If possible, opt for wrap-around sunglasses. These block out dirt and pollen more effectively. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat to provide further protection from the sun.
6. Use Artificial Eye Drops
Are you experiencing symptoms of dry eyes due to prolonged sun exposure? Your eye doctor may recommend using artificial eye drops for lubrication and to provide relief from dry, itchy eyes.
7. Clean Your Hands Regularly
Thoroughly wash your hands as frequently as possible. Having clean hands reduces the amount of pollen and other allergens that transfer from your hands to your eyes.
8. Maintain a Healthy Diet
If your eyes are bothering you, it may be as simple as changing your diet. For instance, eat more citrus fruits and leafy green vegetables, which are beneficial to your eye health.
Additionally, cut down on sodium intake to reduce water retention under your eyes. Instead, eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E. These are all essential for healthy eyes.
9. Ensure You’re Properly Hydrated
Staying hydrated throughout the day is vital if you want comfortable, healthy eyes. By drinking plenty of water, your body can flush out any particles or allergens, keeping your eyes moisturized and healthy.
It’s Time to Schedule Your Annual Eye Exam
Do you have spring eye allergies? Now could be the perfect time to see your eye doctor for an eye exam and get your symptoms under control. Schedule an appointment at Short Hills Ophthalmology in Short Hills and Clifton, NJ, now!