What to do if Smoke is Affecting Your Eyes
You don’t have to be a doctor to know that smoke and falling ash from the recent wildfires can have a negative effect on your eyes. In particular, those with pre-existing eye health problems are especially susceptible to irritation. The specialists at Eye Medical Center of Fresno are available to help patients suffering from these effects, and offer advice for at-home protection.
5 Ways to Protect Eyes Affected by Smoke
Smoke in the air can cause your eyes to dry out or burn. Here are five ways to seek immediate relief.
1. Stay indoors. This is the easiest way to protect your eyes when smoke-filled air is an issue, though obviously it is not a solution available to everyone. If you’re able, stay home and stay inside, keeping windows and doors shut.
2. Wear protective eye gear. Glasses, sunglasses, and/or goggles, particularly ones that fit closely to your face, can help provide a barrier that slows smoky air streaming into your eyes.
3. Buy a HEPA air purifier. A HEPA, or high-efficiency particulate air, filter is one that collects matter such as pollen, pet dander, and even smoke. Having one in your house can benefit not only your eyes, but your lungs as well.
4. Use artificial tears. You may already have eye drops in your medicine cabinet, but if not you can easily buy them over the counter. If you do use artificial tears normally, feel free to double your dosage while wildfire smoke is an issue. For extra relief, keep the tears in your refrigerator.
5. Keep eyes cool. A cold towel or compress placed gently across your eyes can bring some relief to irritation.
See Your Doctor if You Have Concerns
If these tips are not working for you, you have pre-existing eye health problems, or you live in an area particularly affected by wildfire, you may want to set up an appointment with your ophthalmologist. Please call Eye Medical Center of Fresno today at (559) 486-5000.