With the first day of spring right around the corner, it brings along beautiful weather, blooming flowers, and afternoon showers. However, spring also calls for increased eye health. Seasonal allergies affect our eyes by making them red, itchy, and watery. If you experience symptoms of allergies, it’s best to check with your eye care professional to confirm the problem. Then, your doctor can recommend the best solution to help you get back out and enjoying the weather. Another concern this time of year is sun protection. It is a must in our beautiful sunshine state! Sunglasses help prevent early cataract development, corneal damage, and eye cancer. Make sure your sunglasses block 100% of UV light. Floridians spend a lot of their spring weekends hanging around this pool. Pool days result in red and irritated eyes, but don’t worry, these symptoms go away quickly.
If your eyes are exceptionally red, lubricating drops might help them adjust back to normal. It’s important to remember that our eyes are more susceptible to infection in the pool because water washes away our protective tear film. Pool chemicals don’t always kill all of the harmful bacteria in the water, it’s best to wear goggles if you plan on ducking your head under. Lastly, spring is the time of year for the do-it-yourselfers! It’s important to remember to wear safety goggles when needed and always be cautious of eye safety. Now, go on, spring forward into this fun filled season!