It’s that time of year that we have all been waiting for. The sun is shining. The birds are singing, and the flowers are blooming. Unfortunately, that day in the sun you’ve been looking forward to all winter long comes with a downside for your contacts: allergies, chlorine, and finding the proper eyewear to protect your eyes.
Ask any hay fever sufferer, and you’ll learn they have a love / hate relationship with Spring and Summer. April showers may lead to May flowers, but they also lead to red, itching, painful eyes. Taking a few preventive measures can help you enjoy your outdoor activities and keep allergy eyes to a minimum.
Take Care Of Your Lenses
It may sound obvious, but make sure you understand and follow the proper care procedures for your contacts including the length of time you wear them. Daily contacts can help reduce allergy issues as you will start the day with a fresh pair free of any allergens. Don’t be tempted to wear your contacts longer than suggested by the manufacture.
Use Eye Drops
During the summer, artificial tears are useful beyond simply soothing dry eyes. They can also wash away allergens. Keep some on hand for when your allergies act up. Lastly, wash your hands often and especially before putting your contacts in. Clean hands do more than ward off colds. They also remove allergens that would end up on your contacts and in your eyes.
Prepare For The Pool
One of the best parts of summer is spending time at the pool. There’s nothing quite like a dip in crystal-clear, blue water on a hot afternoon. The trouble starts with the chlorine in the pool. As a contact lens wearer, you need to know that chlorine can dry your contacts out. If possible, the best option is to take them out before you swim and wait up to an hour before putting your contacts back in. If you can’t swim without your contacts then consider goggles for protection.
Regardless of where you spend your spring and summer days, don’t forget your sunglasses. Sunglasses are a great protection against allergens on a windy day and always important to block the sun’s harmful rays. Keep a pair of sunglasses on hand. Your eyes will thank you.
With a few preventive steps, you should be able to enjoy the warmer weather without much interruption from the elements and keep your eyes happy at the same time.