Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member
1. Watch the weather. We have found that high temperatures combined with high humidity and high pollen counts are allergy triggers. Keep watch on the weather forecast to predict the big allergy days.
2. Asthma is a red flag for allergy and allergic conjunctivitis. We know that the eye (allergic conjunctivitis) and nose (allergic rhinitis) are connected, but do we think about the other direction to the lungs? Itâs all about the entire airway, not just one part. If you see asthma, think of rhinitis and ocular allergy.
3. Look at the plant life around you. Most seasonal allergies are due to pollen, and pollen comes from plants. If allergies are bothering your patients, have them look around their environment for flowering plants or pollen anthers. A tree or plant can be perfectly quiet in terms of allergy when not flowering. But when the flowers appear, pollen Armageddon happens. Beware the anthers.