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As Pollen Counts Soar, What does that mean for YOUR Eyes?

photo (2)Spring might have gotten off to a slow start this year, but unfortunately that hasn't dampened the effects of pollen. In fact, Dr. Clifford Bassett, founder and medical director at Allergy and Asthma Care of New York told weather.com he predicted "a very robust pollen explosion" this season.

Here in the Cincinnati/Northern KY area we hail as #67 in the top 100 Allergy Capitals in the US. So exactly WHY is that? This year it's due to the active blooming of Mulberry, Oak, and Sycamore Trees. Pollen counts today are Very High, however are expected to Soar over the weekend.

What does that mean for you? Well, in addition to potentially having symptoms of sneezing, congestion and a runny nose, you might also experience red, itchy, watery eyes and swollen eyelids.

If that's you, here are a few tips to help keep your eyes as comfortable as possible this season:

1. If you wear Contact Lenses, consider switching to daily disposable contacts that you discard after a single use to avoid the build-up of allergens and other debris on your lenses.

2. When you do go outdoors during allergy season, wear wraparound sunglasses to help shield your eyes from pollen, ragweed, etc., and drive with your windows closed.

3. Talk to Dr. Garbig or Dr. Kerestan about whether or not you would benefit from an Over-the-Counter Eye Drop or, in the case of more severe Allergy symptoms, a Prescription Eye Drop or Prescription Allergy Medication.

Don't let your Allergies make you miserable, call our office today...help is on it's way!

Dr. K

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For the health of our patients, staff, and our community, Garbig Family Eye Care will be closed for routine care until April 1st, 2020.

The CDC issued a statement on Tuesday March 17th urging that we “postpone Routine eye care visits.”

We will continue to provide Emergency eye care only on a case by case basis.

Emergency eyewear or contact lens concerns only can be addressed by texting 859-441-3400 or emailing garbigfamily@fuse.net.

As a local, family-owned business, we SINCERELY appreciate each and every one of you for trusting us with your eye care.

Please keep yourself and your loved ones safe during these difficult times. We look forward to seeing and serving you as soon as possible!

Drs. Garbig, Kerestan and Staff