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Fall Eye Allergy Survival Guide

Much like spring, fall presents a variety of seasonal allergies that affect many of us.  From tree pollens in April and May, grass pollens in June and July and mold spores and weed pollens in July and August, it adds up to five months of red, itchy, watery eyes, headache and sometimes fatigue.

For those who simply ignore the symptoms, they will eventually subside when fall moves closer to winter. However, there are plenty of ways you can keep your eyes happy as the seasons change.

Here are some simple steps to help:

  1. Avoid rubbing your eyes, as this intensifies the symptoms.
  2. One of the prime seasonal allergens that most disturbs eyes is pollen. Stay indoors when pollen counts are high, especially in the mid-morning and early evening.
  3. Wear sunglasses outside to protect your eyes, not only from UV rays, but also from allergens floating in the air.
  4. Check and clean your air – conditioning filters.
  5. Allergy – proof your home:
    • use dust-mite-proof covers on bedding and pillows
    • clean surfaces with a damp implement rather than dusting or dry sweeping
    • remove/ kill any mold in your home
    • keep pets outdoors if you have pet allergies.
  6. Remove contact lenses as soon as any symptoms appear.
  7. Use artificial tears to keep eyes moist.

These are only a few steps you can take to make your eyes more comfortable. Seek medical help from your eye care professional if symptoms persist or worsen.  Sometimes allergy medication or an antihistamine may be necessary for relief.

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