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Olathe, KS Relief for Fall Eye Allergies


We all know why we need to wear sunglasses and sunscreen in the summer. Winter, however, can be deceiving. It's an illusion to assume that we are safe from sunburns during the colder season.

Snow acts as a powerful mirror for sunlight and magnifies the effects of UV rays which would otherwise be absorbed by the ground. As a result, the eyes are exposed to both the UV radiation bouncing back from the snowy carpet and the rays shining down directly from the sun.

If your family is skiing or snowboarding up in the mountains, you need to be even more careful! UV rays are more powerful at higher altitudes. Another important factor to remember is that ultraviolet radiation penetrates through clouds, so even if the sun is hidden behind them, it can still damage your eyes.

Prevent overexposure to sunlight by wearing sunglasses that absorb at least 95% of ultraviolet radiation when you go outside, no matter what time of year it is. Even though you want to look great in your shades, the most important part of choosing sunglasses is making sure they provide adequate protection against UV. Make sure the lenses are 100% UV blocking by looking for an indication that they block all light up to 400 nanometers - UV400. The good news is you don't necessarily have to pay more for full coverage for your eyes. Dozens of reasonably priced options exist that still provide total ultraviolet protection.

Another important factor in selecting sun wear is the size of the lenses. You want to make sure your glasses cover as much of the area around your eyes as possible. The more coverage you have, the less harmful radiation will be able to penetrate. Lenses that wrap around the temples will also prevent UV waves from entering from the sides.

If you like to ski or frolic in the snowy hills, you should be aware that the sun's rays are stronger at higher elevations, so you need to be especially careful to keep your eyes shaded on the slopes. In addition to sunglasses, it's a good idea to put on a wide brimmed hat that covers your eyes.

Make a point to be knowledgeable about proper eye protection throughout the year. Don't forget to wear your sunglasses.


Toward the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions.

Symptoms of eye allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These symptoms can be so debilitating for allergy sufferers that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.

Allergic reactions occur when a person is exposed to a substance he is sensitive to which causes the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This reaction by the oversensitive immune system results in typical allergic symptoms which include general symptoms as well as eye related symptoms.

If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies are frequently worse since contact lenses can often collect allergens. In addition, we tend to rub eyes that itch, which can result in even more irritation for contact lens users. throughout allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the potential for allergen accumulation. If you are experiencing discomfort from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Olathe, KS optometry practice to talk to a professional about your condition.

For anyone suffering here are some ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergy discomfort:

  • Stay indoors during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
  • Wear big sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
  • Instead of sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
  • Refrigerate artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
  • Take a shower at night to clean yourself of any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.

While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, a prescription medication may be what you need. If this is the case, schedule a visit to your eye doctor as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Olathe, KS optometry practice is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!