Medical & Surgical Ophthalmology

Spring eye care

Pollen, dust mites in the air, the first trips outdoors… spring is a time for allergies to flare up, especially those whose symptoms affect the eyesight. In this post we will give you some tips for your spring eye care.

Itching, excessive tearing, red eyes, discharge, swelling or edema of the eyelids are some of the signs of allergic conjunctivitis, and even those who have not suffered from it before may experience it at some point. But in addition, in this season when we tend to spend more time outdoors, we must also be careful with the exposure of the eyes to the sun’s rays, which begin to be intense, or with certain environments that are conducive to dry eye syndrome. Follow the tips below to get through this period better.

  • Maintain proper hygiene

Wash your hands often and avoid rubbing your eyes to avoid direct contact with any pollen particles that may have stuck to them. In addition, use saline solution for eye hygiene to protect your eyes from infection.

  • Closes windows and windows

Keeping windows closed and the windows of your car, you will avoid filling these spaces with pollen.

  • Wear sunglasses

Sunglasses help protect your eyes from pollen, wind and other airborne particles. Moreover, even on cloudy days, ultraviolet rays can be harmful, so if you protect yourself from their exposure you will reduce the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye problems.

  • Protect also your clothes

Take off your jacket and shoes when entering the house to avoid spreading any pollen that may have stuck to you from outside. Avoid hanging clothes outside, in patios or gardens with plants.

  • Take a shower after a field trip

If you go on outings or excursions to the In the usual field, we recommend a shower before going to bed. Thus you will eliminate pollen from your skin and hair.

  • Consult pollen levels

Controls daily pollen counts. This way you can decide to spend less time away when those levels are too high.

Other spring pathologies

  • Keep track of your symptoms

Redness, itching, watery eyes …. These symptoms are usually associated with allergies, but may also be related to infections or other inflammatory problems. If you do not improve with anti-allergic treatment, visit an ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis.

  • Uses artificial tears

Dry eye syndrome is accentuated by temperature changes in spring, pollen in the environment and excess pollution in low humidity environments. Use artificial tears and lubricating eye ointments before going to bed. If you do not improve, visit an ophthalmologist.

  • Watch out for sports and outdoor activities.

Thanks to the pleasant temperatures, spring is one of the best times to exercise outdoors or to spend time on hobbies such as gardening. These activities may involve risk of eye accidents such as eye scratches or other more serious injuries. Therefore, be sure to protect them well with appropriate goggles.

  • Limits the use of contact lenses

If you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis, it is best to stop using contact lenses for a while, as they aggravate the symptoms and can cause infection.

  • Take care of your diet

Remember that following a diet rich in vitamins is always advisable to strengthen our eye health. Spring offers us a great variety of beneficial foods for our eyesight with a high content of vitamins A, C, D or E. You can consult them in the post: “Foods beneficial for eyesight”.

Ah! And one last tip, spring is a good time for refractive surgery. This way you will be able to enjoy good vision during the good weather and avoid carrying a kit of contact lenses, glasses, prescription sunglasses, etc. on your vacations. Make your decision and request a visit with our specialists!

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