Summer is fantastic, but those itchy, red eyes aren't! Pollens from grasses and trees cause a nasty reaction in some eyes but there are ways to calm it:
1. Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually in mid-morning and early evening. So before you plan your day, check out the easy to read map on the Met Office Midlands pollen count forecast.
2. Driving? Keep the windows closed and run the air conditioner.
3. At home get rid of the pollen in dust. Wash your bedding frequently, get a new mattress and clean floors with a damp mop. Sweeping stirs up rather than getting rid of pollen and other allergens. Curtains trap dust, so put up blinds.
4. Leave your eyes alone, don’t rub them. You are rubbing the pollen in and making your eyes more itchy and red. Try cool compresses instead.
5. When you go out, especially to do sports or in the wind, wear your glasses (wrap around types are better) which blocks pollen from your eyes.
6. If you have dry eyes, use lubricating tear eyedrops to dilute and wash out the pollens that have got into your eyes.
7. Don't wear your contact lenses, they will irritate your eyes even more. So switch to glasses until the pollen count goes down or have laser or lens surgery to correct your vision!
If this doesn't help then get professional help.
So, reduce the amount of pollen getting into your eyes and anything else that can irritate your eyes and your eyes will look and feel better this summer.