Seasonal and year-round allergies are frustrating and can even be hazardous to your eye health. But while eliminating allergens outside is difficult to do, you can rid the inside of your home of most. To that end, let’s take a look at some advice from knowledgeable optometrists in Cape Cod, MA for avoiding eye allergy issues at home:
- Change the air filter: Your home’s HVAC system cannot work properly when the air filter is dirty. A dirty filter is also responsible for harboring a lot of indoor allergens that can make you downright miserable. These air filters are in place to capture airborne particles like allergens, which means you’ll breathe easier and your eyes won’t be itchy when you remember to change them out as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to change the filter every one to three months for an allergy-free living environment.
- Dust often: Dust is everywhere, so plan on dusting your furniture, mantels, light fixtures and electronics every week—that is, unless you want to struggle with the symptoms of dust-related allergies. Keep in mind that while dry dusters do remove a lot of dust, a spray solution may wipe away more and add a little shine in the process. To avoid getting dust in your eyes, work slowly and wear cleaning goggles, if necessary.
- Vacuum the floors and more: Because dust particles are likely to escape dusting equipment, make sure to dust first, and then vacuum. But, since dust will land everywhere, don’t just vacuum the floors. Put on a nozzle attachment and vacuum upholstered furniture, drapes, windowsills and tracks, under furniture and behind couches.
- Clean the bathrooms: Eye allergies are not only caused by dust, but by mold and mildew as well. Mold growth can be visible, like up in the corners of the shower or on the bathroom walls, or hidden under sinks or on the back of the toilet tank. Snap on some cleaning gloves, grab an appropriate bathroom cleanser and get scrubbing!
- Brush pets: Furry pets will shed their coats—especially in winter and spring. If you have cats or dogs, make sure to brush them to remove dead, loose fur, but do go outside to brush. Doing so will keep much of the fur and pet dander out of your house to prevent irritated eyes.
- Buy produce as needed: This one may surprise you. While fresh fruits and vegetables are great to include in a healthy diet, many kinds are known to give off histamines that can irritate your eyes. And the main worry about conventional produce is the presence of pesticides on fruit and vegetable skins, which can also cause eye irritation in some especially sensitive people. Buy only what you need for a few days to keep histamines and pesticides to a minimum.
Now that you have some guidance on how to avoid eye allergies in your own home, it’s time to get cleaning. If you have questions related to general eye care or eye health, feel free to contact the experts at Bayview Optometrics to speak with one of our knowledgeable optometrists in Cape Cod, MA!