Stirling Eyecare April May 2019

The Connection Between Allergies and Your Eyes Dreading Spring? Ah, springtime. After a long, harsh winter, blossoming plants and melting

secretion. Since the lining of your nose and eyes are the same skin type, these symptoms can also appear in the form of an itchy, sneezy, and runny schnoz. Treatment for allergies can vary by person, depending on if you’re a seasonal- or perennial-allergy sufferer. Seasonal allergies crop up at the same time every year, and they’re usually a signal as to what you’re specifically allergic to. Allergens in the spring are different from those in the summer, so taking note of when your reactions appear can help you mitigate them in the future. Seasonal sufferers can generally relieve their short-lived allergies through at-home treatments and optometrist- prescribed eye drops. Unfortunately for perennial-allergy sufferers, symptoms can last year- round. The best way to manage your allergies when you live with them all year is to figure out what causes the symptoms and work to either avoid these substances or find forms of relief. Both optometrists and allergists can help you nail down what causes your symptoms and how you can manage them. It’s important that you adhere to regular appointments when you have perennial allergies, because your body can change, and the side effects of the allergies can have a lasting effect on your eyes. Don’t let allergens leave you feeling itchy and watery this season. Find out how Stirling Eyecare can help you enjoy spring again by calling (724) 285-2618. Pasta Primavera This pasta is so perfect for spring, its name literally translates to “spring pasta.” ‘Nuff said.

snow provide refreshing reminders of new life. Unfortunately, this season and those same blossoms can leave you feeling itchy, sniffly, and clogged, and your eyes may take the brunt of it. Our eyes can display signals from the rest of our bodies that something is wrong. (As we mentioned on the cover, we can identify severe conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure, through your eyes!) Among these signs, allergy symptoms can be the most apparent. Patients often report itchy, watery, red, and sometimes strained eyes while they experience an allergic reaction to dust, pollen, pet dander, and various other allergens. In more severe cases, these symptoms can cause tearing, burning sensations, blurred vision, puffy eyes, and mucus

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Ingredients:

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12 ounces pasta, ideally fusilli 1/2 pound broccoli florets

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano- Reggiano Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste

2 carrots, shredded

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions: 1. In a large pot, liberally salt water and bring to a boil. Add fusilli and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper during the last 2 minutes of cook time. 2. Drain the pasta and veggies, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and veggies to pot. 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add garlic and cook until translucent and golden, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water. 4. Add tomato mixture to pasta pot, stirring to coat evenly. 5. Divide into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

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