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Fall Allergies Require Attention to Eye Care

Did you know that autumn is one of the worst times of the year for people who suffer from allergies? Most people think spring when it comes to itchy, red eyes and other allergic discomforts, but fall can trigger symptoms that are just as strong.

Here are some tips to help minimize your eye allergy symptoms as the leaves change:

  • Pay attention to pollen reports. Check weather.com to see when the pollen counts are high and you need to stay inside. Ragweed tends to be the most common allergy trigger in the fall.
  • Keep those windows rolled up. If you find your eyes burning and swelling on a pretty fall day, it may be that you’re enjoying the weather a little too much. Although it can be tempting roll down your car windows and let the cool air in, you may be encouraging your allergy symptoms.
  • Wear sunglasses. A pair of shades won’t conquer your allergies, but protective eyewear offers an easy way to keep pollen out of your eyes and help lessen the severity of itchiness or redness.
  • If you wear contacts, make sure you are taking them out and cleaning them appropriately. Proper eye care is crucial for treating allergy symptoms. If you think you may be suffering from eye allergies, contact your physician for more treatment options and tips.

The preceding article, brought to you by Dr. David Heitmeier, was a news release from American Optometric Association. For further questions please contact Heitmeier, Armani, Langhetee and Cangelosi Medical and Surgical Eyecare at (504) 368-7081.

About the author

Dr. David Heitmeier

Dr. David Heitmeier

A lifelong resident of the West Bank, David Heitmeier is a Doctor of Optometry and owns and manages one of the region's most successful clinical practices. A 1979 graduate of Holy Cross High School, Doctor Heitmeier went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Completing his education with a doctorate in Optometry in 1987 from the University of Houston, he chose to work in the community he loves and founded Heitmeier & Armani - Medical and Surgical Eyecare. Doctor Heitmeier's commitment to hard work and innovation has earned him the admiration of his colleagues in the field of healthcare. He has lectured on business organization and efficiency and has taught the principles of patient service and ethics around the country.

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