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Managing Spring Allergies

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Itchy, red, watery eyes? Yes, it is that time of the year again where allergies rear their ugly head. Pollen-related allergies are typically the most common in Spring. To add to this, with physical isolation, we are also suddenly finding ourselves indoors much more than normal. Dust(mites) can also find a way to cause annoyance in much of the same way that seasonal allergies do. 

Our eyes are one of the only organs that are completely exposed to the environment. This is why we feel allergies so significantly on our eyes. 

Here are 5 tips to help reduce your allergy symptoms this season

  1. Indoor plants → plants not only brighten your home but many are proven to clean the air. This helps filter out irritating chemicals in the air at home
  2. Keep your home clean and allergies out → use a HEPA a vacuum filter to keep dust levels inside your home down
  3. Plan outdoor activities around pollen levels → Check daily pollen counts and forecasts and try to stay indoors when pollen levels are highest (between 10 am and 4 pm). Try to focus your time outdoors in the early morning
  4. Use preservative/chemical free products. This includes face wash, lotions, laundry detergents. Low-grade delayed allergies can bother your eyes and skin 
  5. Consider daily contact lenses → Contrary to biweekly or monthly contact lenses, daily lenses limit build up of allergens on the lenses and in turn keep your eyes feeling brand new and fresh every single day. 

Written by Dr. Ritesh Patel

Some people grow up wanting to be a famous athlete, an astronaut, or even the Prime Minister of Canada. Dr. Patel’s childhood ambition was to be an Optometrist. His dream leads him to live and practice all over the world, but his heart has always been in Toronto.

Dr. Patel was born in Toronto and grew up in the Markham area. After completing his Bachelor of Science in 2003 from the University of Waterloo, he went on to study at the prestigious New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA.

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