April 6, 2021
What is that saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” While we are obsessed with the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington and the tulips during the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley! This time of year in the Pacific Northwest may be beautiful, but it can be really difficult for those who suffer from mild to severe seasonal allergies.
Think of the billions of micro-pollens floating all about in the air coating our cars and sidewalks. Those micro-pollens are also floating directly into our eyes- OUCH! They disturb our tear system, cause added dryness, irritation, burning, and itchy eyes. So, let’s talk about some helpful things you can try from the comfort of your home to get some eye allergy relief!
In recent months Pataday allergy drops made the move from the pharmacy only to over-the-counter (insert cheers!) This means we get some excellent eye allergy relief that is much more affordable now! Pataday does have three different types that differ from strength to dosage. Pick the one that sounds most fitting for your individual needs. If you prefer a more homeopathic approach, Similasan Allergy is a good one to try.
The second kind of drop we highly recommend is a lipid-based eye drop. Refresh Omega preservative-free, which is sold over-the-counter, or Oasis Tears which is available at East Main Vision Clinic; both will give your eyes additional relief because you are supplementarily adding more lipids (the oily part of our tears) to your eyes. This lipid layer acts as a shield on your eyes and protects them more from the allergens flying around in the air. Typically, the dosage is two to four times a day. There are many over-the-counter oral allergy tablets and nasal sprays that can bring you much relief. Try to avoid antihistamines as these will dry your eyes out more, resulting in more eye discomfort.
As always, Dr. Day is happy to see you for a medical visit if your eye allergies are not relieved with these over-the-counter remedies. We hope these recommendations will help you comfortably enjoy all of the beauty the PNW has to offer this time of year! Please contact East Main Vision Clinic in Puyallup, WA at (253) 780-0700 for an appointment if your eye allergies do not clear up.