Top 10 Eye Allergy Tips

During allergy season many Canadians struggle with their eyes. The good news is, there are options to ease the symptoms.

Last Updated: March 27, 2023

10 tips to help you cope with eye allergies

1. Steer clear: Minimize or eliminate contact with allergy triggers. For example, stay indoors when pollen counts are at their peak (mid-morning and early evening) or when it’s really windy outside.

2. Stay cool: Holding a clean face cloth soaked in ice-cold water over closed eyes for 5-10 minutes will reduce itchiness.

3. Faux tears: Non-prescription artificial tear eye drops can provide relief, especially if they are stored in the refrigerator to keep them cold.

4. Squeaky clean: Clean floors with a damp rag or mop rather than dry dusting or sweeping.

5. Be a star: When heading outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to help prevent pollen from blowing into your eyes.

6. Dust buster: Keep furnace filters and air conditioners clean to keep mites and dust at bay.

7. Lock it out: Close your car windows when driving.

8. Dispose of lenses: Pollen sticks to moist surfaces and contact lenses are one of them. Switch to daily disposables during allergy season.

9. Curb the urge: Don’t rub or touch your eye, this will only make it worse.

10. Talk to your doctor of optometry: If symptoms persist or get worse, book an appointment to learn about treatments that are best suited to you.