7 Steps That Help Prevent Eye Allergies

Don't Let Eye Allergies Ruin Your Summer

Don’t Let Eye Allergies Ruin Your Summer

Spring has sprung and Summer is just around the corner, which means allergy season is in full swing. Common substances such as tree pollen’s  dust and pet dander can make your eyes miserable. If you suffer from red, itchy, watery eyes more than likely you’re suffering from eye allergies.

Feel free to blame your parents for this problem as most eye allergies are usually hereditary (thanks Dad). Fortunately there are are ways to help prevent or reduce your symptoms.

  1. While spending time outdoors, wear wrap-around sunglasses or safety glasses to help keep allergens away from your eyes. If your eyewear features polycarbonate lenses, you’ll get the added benefit of 99.9% UV protection as well.
  2. When driving around keep your car windows closed. Not only will this keep allergens from being rammed into your eyes, but it will help keep the interior of your car cleaner.
  3. Replace the air filters in your home on a regular basis. These nifty devices help keep allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander out of your home, but if your filters haven’t been changed in awhile, they may be doing more harm than good.
  4. Reduce your exposure to Dust Mites by encasing your pillow in allergen reducing covers. Wash your sheets in water that’s at least 130 F.
  5. Check the pollen reports on your favorite weather app and try to stay inside on high-pollen days. If you have no choice and need to spend the day outside, make sure to shower, wash your hair and change clothes as soon as possible to remove allergens.
  6. Try to keep your pets off the furniture and frequently vacuum your floor and furniture with a HEPA filter equipped vacuum. Avoid touching your eyes after handling pets and give “Fido” a bath if he’s been outside rolling around in high allergen areas.
  7. Schedule an exam with your eye doctor, they can provide advice on allergy specific eye drops and make sure you don’t have an underlying dry eye condition, which may be mistaken as eye allergies.

By limiting your exposure to allergens you’ll take a big step towards relief. And that means you’ll be able to enjoy the Spring and Summer even more.

Feel free to share any tips or advice you have on eye allergy prevention or relief in our comments section below.

How To Clean Your Safety Glasses

How to clean your safety glasses

Proper cleaning techniques will extend the life of your eyewear.

As a company who specializes in selling safety glasses and protective eyewear, we’re frequently asked:

“What is the best method for cleaning the lenses on safety glasses to avoid scratching the lens”?

Safety Glasses primarily use polycarbonate lens material, which is great for impact protection, however it is prone to scratching when improper cleaning techniques are used. In fact, the number one reason for scratched lenses is from improper lens cleaning.

To keep the lenses on your safety glasses for becoming scratched follow these three easy steps.

  1. Use your breath to blow any loose dirt or debris from your lenses.
  2. If possible rinse your lenses under a faucet or use lens cleaning spray from a lens cleaning station. *If neither are available use an alcohol lens cleaning towelette to gently clean both sides of the lens.
  3. Wipe the lenses dry with a soft microfiber cloth to remove any streaks or cleaning solution residue.

Some other helpful tips to avoid scratched lenses:

  • Don’t use your shirt, shop rag, facial tissue or paper towel to clean your lenses. Most of these fabrics are infused with abrasive fibers that will scratch your lenses.
  • If you use a microfiber pouch to wipe your lenses, use the inside of the pouch. The exterior may have picked up dirt, debris or other abrasive contaminants that will scratch your lenses.
  • Never clean your lenses with dish washing soaps or household glass cleaners. These products contain chemicals that may remove the special lens coatings (anti-fog) or delaminate mirrored lens tints.
  • Store your safety glasses in a hard case or microfiber pouch when you’re not wearing them. Improper storage of safety eyewear is the second most common cause of lens scratches.

Following the above cleaning techniques will keep your lenses clean and help extend the life of your eyewear.