How are your eye allergies this year? Symptoms are no fun, especially when they begin interfering with your quality of life and the activities you love most. Unfortunately, you’ve probably already discovered that allergens aren’t just outside, either. Watery, itchy eyes can be triggered by pet dander, mold, and dust, in addition to the usual pollen from trees, grass, and plants.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of eye allergies, you are not alone! In fact, over 11 million people suffer from some form of seasonal allergies each year! While there currently is no cure, there are several ways you can prevent or reduce the sneezing, sniffling, tears, etc.
During peak allergy season (spring and fall), avoid being outdoors as much as possible. This will reduce the risk of being in direct contact with free-floating allergens and will lessen the chances of the pesky pollen sticking to your clothing.
Maintain a strict shower regimen. Consider switching to night showers if you don’t already to remove stubborn allergens from your hair and skin. A hot shower also helps clear nasal passages, so you can breathe easier at night. Make sure you are washing your hands frequently, too, especially if you have pets.
To save face, keep the bedding clean from any pollen, dust, and dander that can accumulate on your sheets and pillowcases. It might be helpful to invest in a mattress cover to protect your sensitive eyes from dust mites looking for a cozy rest stop. Remember, pets can cause allergy symptoms to heighten, so consider keeping the animals outside the bedroom.
Itchy eyes are the worst, but try to maintain a “laissez-faire” approach when it comes to your face. Using your hands to itch, rub, or otherwise keep in contact with your face increases the chance of additional bacteria and allergens getting under your skin. Resisting the temptation to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth can help with symptom flare-ups.
Heading to a friend’s house or to see relatives for the weekend? Ask about the allergen situation of the home, especially if they have pets or live in the country. Knowing possible triggers ahead of time can help you prepare better, even if that just means packing a few extra boxes of tissues.
If you find it difficult to stay indoors, even during high allergy counts, cover up as much as possible. Sunglasses, in addition to protecting you from harmful UV light, can act as a buffer between air-borne allergens and your eyes. During allergy season, your eyes are generally more sensitive to light anyway, so opting for the shades will be a win-win.
Especially if you have pets, keeping the house allergy-proof is necessary for helping reduce allergy symptoms. Make sure carpets and upholstery are vacuumed regularly. Switch out furnace filters in the winter and keep the air conditioner running in the summer to ensure the house has clean air.
For over 25 years, our office has provided the highest quality eye care for people in the greater Seattle area. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff and four experienced optometrists pride themselves in exceeding our patients’ expectations.
In our office, you will always find the latest in state-of-the-art optical equipment and a wide selection of fashionable eyewear. We strive to provide our patients with valuable information to care for their eye health and vision. We want our patients to be so happy with their experience at The EyeCare Center that they tell their family and friends!
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Bruce grew up in Eastern Washington and attended Washington State University for his undergraduate education. He graduated from Pacific University College, receiving a Doctorate of Optometry with honors in 1982. He started The EyeCare Center with Dr. Rumpf over 30 years ago.
When he isn’t in the office, Bruce enjoys skiing, bicycling, hiking and many other outdoor sports. Bruce plays for “The Blur” – a soccer team that is sponsored by The EyeCare Center and plays in the Greater Seattle Soccer League.
Grant grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and attended undergraduate school at the University of Calgary. He received his Doctorate of Optometry with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1997. Dr. Lindberg has practiced optometry in the Seattle area for over 10 years. He joined The EyeCare Center team in 2008.
Outside of the office, Dr. Lindberg enjoys rowing, camping, home improvements and spending time with his wife, two children and pug.
Susan grew up in the Seattle area and received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2005. For her residency, she specialized in geriatric and primary eye care. She was an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Southern California College of Optometry during her residency
A mother of three, Susan loves being back home in Washington.
Angie grew up in Nebraska. She studied Pre-Med/Biology at Nebraska Wesleyan University, then received Doctor of Optometry degree with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon.
She spent 13 years as an eye doctor in a small practice in Beaverton, Oregon. She and her family moved to the Seattle area in 2013; she practiced in Redmond for two years before joining our office January 2016.
Outside the practice, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and pets.
Dave grew up in the Seattle area and attended undergraduate school at the University of Washington and Whitman College. He graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry with honors in 1982. Outside of the office, Dave enjoys spending time with his family, cross country skiing, playing tennis and gardening. Dave retired from the EyeCare Center in December of 2015 after practicing over 30 years to enjoy time with his family.
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OCT uses light waves to create high definition images and cross sections of the retina and optic nerve. The OCT helps us to see the different layers of the retina and assists with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetes related eye issues.
Retinal imaging technology helps us to capture images of the structures in back of the eye. This allows us to evaluate the retina for changes that can be associated with systemic conditions like hypertension and diabetes as well as diseases related to the retina and the optic nerve. This technology can also help us to monitor for changes over time.
This retinal imaging technology gives us a wide 200° view of the retina in a single image without the need of dilation drops. The Daytona is a great tool for screening retinal problems as well as monitoring any changes over time.
The visual field test helps to measure and map out the central and peripheral vision. This information can be helpful in testing for neurological diseases, retinal function as well as monitoring glaucoma.
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12310 NE 8th St, Suite 101
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