Spring is that wonderful reprieve we wait for after a freezing winter. It’s a season of blooms, walks in the park and bicycle rides. But for many, it’s also a season for itchy eyes. Caring for your eyes is important all year, but here are some eye care tips and precautions for spring:
Fashionable sunglasses aren’t just for the look; they’re also a must-wear when you’re out and about on a sunny day. UV radiation from the sun can hurt your eyes, causing serious damage over time. Look for anti-UV sunglasses to shield your eyes.
If you’re into running, bike riding and other outdoor activities, it’s a good idea to invest in a pair of sunglasses for your particular activity.
Wash Your Eyes
The rise in the volume of allergens and pollen is one of the trademarks of the spring season, thanks to flora reaching full bloom. The wind helps in pollination, but it can also lead to allergic reactions. If you’re suffering from red, itchy, and watery eyes, it’s a good idea to consult your eye doctor to confirm the cause.
To protect your eyes from the irritants in the air, don’t forget to wash your eyes with clean, cold water. Shower once or more times a day if you’re especially prone to allergies, as airborne allergens can stick to your skin and your clothes.
Wear Clean Contacts
Did you know that your contacts can harbor all sorts of bacteria and even infectious disease-causing germs? Clean your contacts regularly. Ask your eye doctor about anti-bacterial contact lens solutions. If you have disposable contacts, never reuse them.
If there’s absolutely no reason for you to leave your home, don’t. But it’s also important that you keep your home clean. Regularly clean or replace air conditioner filters, and have your equipment serviced at least once a year. Not only is this important for your eyes but it matters for your overall health, as well. Staying indoors protects your eyes from allergens, and as a bonus, it also keeps you safe from COVID-19.
Get in touch with Vienna Eyecare Center if you need the services of an optometrist. We can help keep your eyes healthy. Call us now at (703) 938-7633 or message us here. We’re available in Fairfax, VA.