Yes. We all know the feeling. Our eyes begin to puff up – we sneeze, and all of sudden we are in the middle of a full blown allergy flare up. Whether outside enjoying the fresh spring air, cleaning the house, or simply running errands around town – allergies can affect our eyes at any time! Some people experience allergies to a greater degree than others and an allergy attack can last anywhere from just a few minutes to hours or even days. Thankfully we have a few home remedies that will help you reduce the symptoms of allergies and get you back on your way!
The first, and most important thing that you can do is simply to go to your bathroom sink, run some cold water over your hands and gently splash the water on your face and into your eyes. Cleaning your face and eyes with the cold water will help to reduce inflammation and will remove any local allergenic particles that may be triggering your allergies.
Next, if your allergies persist, take a paper towel or wash cloth and fold it over a few times to give it a thick and spongelike feeling. Run cold water over the cloth until it is full of water and then squeeze it out to remove any access water from the compress. Find a place to sit with your head tilted back, or lay down – if that is at all possible. Place the compress over your eyes and let it rest for a few minutes, or until you begin to feel relief.
Last, but not least – always remember to remove your contact lenses after being outside. Pollen and other allergens can accumulate on the lens and create irritation and itchiness in your eyes. So, after you have spent some time outside, it is best practice to remove your lenses and properly clean them.
If you experience any longer lasting red eye, itching, or irritation within your eyes – simply give us a call and we will set you up with an appointment as soon as possible to make sure that your eyes are in good health and well protected from the elements.
We look forward to SEEing you soon!