Air Quality and Your Eyes


The weather is warming and spring has sprung. This means time for pool, barbeque, and other outdoor festivities. We often relate breathing troubles to pollution, but the lungs are not the only part of the body that is affected by air quality, it can irritate your eyes. Although it may bother some people more than others, the eye is vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. This time of year, we need to be mindful of our eye health, particularly with the amount of pollen in the air. 

If you fall in the sensitive group for the days the air quality poses risk, there are a few things you can do to reduce the effects of poor air quality. Of course, there is no easy fix that will repair the air outside your front door, but there are some simple strategies that can help you find relief for your eyes: 

  • Use a cool compress on top of closed eyes
  • Always wear sunglasses
  • If you experience irritation, avoid contact lenses or eye makeup
  • Use a humidifier or air purifier
  • Limit your time outside

If your eyes are uncomfortable, make an appointment with Woodlands Eye Associates. Taking extra steps on the high pollution days is important and reduces the risk to develop chronic dry eye. We are committed to going above and beyond services for our patients big and small. Make an appointment at either of our two convenient locations in The Woodlands. Our Panther Creek office is located in the Panther Creek Shopping Center at 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr., Ste. 230 or call 281.367.5335. Our Medical Plaza office is located at 1001 Medical Plaza Dr., Ste 100 or call 281.367.2020. You can also request an appointment by visiting We hope to see you soon!


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