For Your Eyes Only!

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With allergy season just around the corner, let's take a minute to review some early tips to help you survive allergy misery. Many sufferers have allergy symptoms that affect your eyes and eyelids and can be quite troublesome. Allergy medications may often work better if you start them just before the season begins.

Right now, we are seeing early tree pollens such as juniper, cedar, elm, alder and maple in many regions of the country. The late winter pollens cause "early" spring suffering even before the trees grow leaves!

Here are a few practical tips:

LIDS OFF:Gently irrigate your eyelids (while your eyes are closed) with a mild, tear-free "baby" shampoo to remove excess allergens and pollutants which may have accumulated. Check with your provider (especially if you wear contact lenses or have other eye problems) to learn whether anti-allergy eye and/or moisturizing drops may also be helpful and safe.

BLOCK YOUR EYES:Wear sunglasses to block pollens from entering and getting into your eyes.

WASH WISELY: Rinse off your eyeglasses and shower and shampoo your hair every night to remove allergy causing pollens that collect during the day.

Stay tuned for more late-breaking successful seasonal allergy survival tips to come ...

Dr. Clifford W. Bassett

is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital and on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. He is the current vice chair for public education committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. No information in this blog is intended as medical advice to any reader or intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition.