Let’s look at eye allergies and how Vision Works can help you LOVE YOUR EYES this spring. With warm weather on the way, you may start to feel redness, swelling, watering and itchiness.

Your body releases histamines for protection against allergens, leading to swollen, bloodshot eyes. Try not to rub your eyes – this will only make things worse. The main culprits are airborne allergens (pollen, dust, smoke and pollution), or you may accidentally get allergens into your eyes. Contact lenses are another possible cause.

TREATING EYE ALLERGIES

Some OTC anti-allergy products may help, but the many different brands can get confusing. More serious symptoms, such as eye pain, extreme redness, or a heavy discharge, are best checked by a Vision Works optometrist to prevent other conditions developing. Other eye conditions that can cause similar symptoms include dry eye, tear-duct obstruction, conjunctivitis and eyelid allergies (often caused by beauty products). Again, your Vision Works optometrist can provide help and advice.

LIVING AN EYE ALLERGY-FREE LIFE

If you know which allergens affect you, try and avoid them – although that’s not always possible. Check the pollen count on weather apps, and stay indoors when it’s particularly high. Outside, wear wraparound sunglasses and drive with your car windows closed. Keep pets off the furniture, and change pillowcases more often.

GETTING RELIEF

A cold compress can be very soothing and artificial tears can help flush out allergens and reduce eye swelling (always keep the bottle in the fridge). 

SEE A VISION WORKS OPTOMETRIST FROM THE COMFORT AND SAFETY OF YOUR HOME

Thanks to the new iTELEHEALTH service from Vision Works, you can benefit from an online optometry consultation without leaving home. All you need is a smart device with a webcam, access to the Internet and the Google Meet App (which you can download from the Google Play Store). Especially during the coronavirus pandemic, iTELEHEALTH is a safe and convenient way to LOVE YOUR EYES – and another way that Vision Works cares about you and your eyes.

Visit : Vision Work’s iTelehealth for more info