The College of Optometrists recently announced that they have created a new online infographic which identifies which pollens are the problem and indicates when sufferers should start using eye drops.

The chart shows when certain pollens are at their peak, including tree, grass and weed. By using the calendar a sufferer can work out from their previous experience which pollen triggers their symptoms and predict when this is likely to occur. They can then take steps to avoid pollen during its active season.

In addition, sufferers know when to visit their optometrist to obtain medicated eye drops to ease itching and swelling.

The College of Optometrists also recommends these ways of minimising hay fever problems:

• Avoid pollen as much as possible. Keep windows closed and wipe surfaces regularly with a damp cloth. Sunglasses are also helpful.
• Contact lens wearers should establish whether they can use drops or not. It may be advisable to wear glasses instead during the worst periods.
• If you develop itching or swelling of the eyes or they become unusually dry, consult your optometrist, pharmacy or GP.

Visit Vision Centre Gloucester at 114 Northgate Street or call on 01452 410494 to make an appointment for an eye test. For further information, or take a look round their website at www.visiongloucester.co.uk.