Springtime in the Aiken area is full of new colors, new blooms – and itchy eyes. It is always important to take care of your eyes but doing so in the spring can prevent a lot of discomfort and pain. Here are some important eye care tips for spring.
Accessorize: Because of the nice weather, we spend more time outside and traveling. Be sure to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Aiken Ophthalmology has a variety of prescription and nonprescription sunglasses available from top designers, including Nike, Oakley, Ray-Ban and more.
Wash, Wash, Wash: We all know to wash our hands regularly, but washing your eyes is important, especially if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Just rinse them with cool water to flush out pollen and other irritants.
Use Eye Drops: Over-the-counter eye drops and artificial tears are good ways to flush pollen and irritants out of your eyes. If that doesn’t help, or if you experience a rare allergic reaction to the drops, consult your ophthalmologist immediately.
Clean your Contact Lens: Infection and bacteria love unclean, moist places, and if you don’t clean your contacts regularly, you can be susceptible to infections.
Cleanliness is Key: Keep your house clean to prevent pollen, dust, spores and other irritants at bay. This is especially vital is you open your windows during the spring.
Stay Hydrated: We’ve all heard that hydration is good for health. Staying hydrated also keeps your eyes healthy and moisturized. Drink about 2 liters per day or 8 ounces eight times per day.
Avoid Touching or Rubbing your Eyes: This is pretty self-explanatory. Allergens and germs get on your hands, which can transfer them to your eyes when you rub them. Therefore, avoid touching and rubbing your eyes.
Improve your Diet: You know your diet plays a big role in staying healthy. The same goes for your eyes. A diet high in nutrients such as citrus, green leafy vegetables, nuts, carrots, fish, sunflower seeds, and eggs can help improve eye health.
Get Rest: Getting enough sleep is good for your eyes. Your eyes work a lot during the day, and they need to rest, too. It’s also good to break up screen time. Take breaks throughout the day to rest your eyes from computers, mobile devices, televisions and any electronic screens. Take at least 20 seconds to look at something at least 20 feet away.
Ask your Eye Doctor and Get Regular Check-Ups: Your eye doctor at Aiken Ophthalmology is happy to recommend medication and/or techniques to help you take care of your eyes. Don’t forget to schedule your eye exam to ensure good vision.
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Spring brings a lot of beautiful blooms and new growth, but it also brings a lot of allergens and irritants for your eyes. If you suffer from springtime eye allergies, be sure to follow these tips and schedule an appointment with one of the experienced, dedicated eye doctors at Aiken Ophthalmology.