Primary Eye Care Associates - March/April 2019


which means you and your kids have plenty of time to reserve a copy of this graphic novel at your local comic book shop! ‘CHAMPIONS’ “Champions” is a story about teenage superheroes, but don’t expect pizza or relationship drama in these panels. These comics tackle how young people today approach problems with a readiness to rally together and take matters into their own hands. “Champions” doesn’t shy away from hard topics, making it more appropriate for older kids and teens. But that doesn’t mean this story lacks heart or humor. Featuring comic favorites like Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man as well as popular newcomers, “Champions” is about identity, purpose, and what it really means to save the world.

It’s no secret that superhero movies are dominating the box office. The highest- grossing movies of 2018 (and the third and fourth highest-grossing of all time) were “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” There’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes or to become a fan of superhero comics. If your kids are interested in reading more about superheroes, here are a few great titles your whole family can enjoy together. ‘MS. MARVEL’ Since her debut in 2013, Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, has been a wildly popular character, and her comic has gained critical acclaim. A 2015 Hugo Award winner, “Ms. Marvel” explores what it means to be a teenager, a first-

generation American, a friend, and a superhero. The storylines promote an important message: “Good is not a thing you are, it’s a thing you do.” In just a few years, Ms. Marvel has become an established superhero in comics, and it won’t be long before she steps onto the big screen with a live-action movie. ‘SUPER SONS: THE POLARSHIELD PROJECT’ Jon Kent, son of Superman, and Damian Wayne, son of Batman, couldn’t be more different. But when a mysterious force threatens the world, these super sons must learn to trust each other — and themselves — to save the day. Based on the hit “Super Sons” comic book series, “Super Sons: The Polarshield Project” doesn’t hit shelves until April 2, 2019,

Find these titles and other incredible stories at your local comic book shop.

SPRING IS IN THE AIR (UH-OH) Keeping Your Eyes Free of Allergens

“Spring is in the air” is not so lighthearted a phrase for those of us who suffer from spring allergies. Two months of tissues, eye drops, and involuntary naps from taking Benadryl tends to put a damper on the clear skies and warm weather. Itchy eyes can be one of the most irritating symptoms of spring allergies, but luckily, there are a number of ways to combat those itchy eyes. EYE DROPS OTC eye drops are one of the most tried-and-true methods for combating itchy allergy eyes. Choose a formula designed for allergies. For more intense relief, try thicker gel drops at night. Your doctor can also provide you with prescription drops if needed.

makes your eyes swell and your nose run. Keeping your eyes and face free of pollen can go a long way toward preventing swollen, irritating eyes. STAY INDOORS While your spring allergies shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the sunshine, it may benefit you to be intentional about the time you spend indoors. Approach especially windy days — when there will be more allergens in the air — with caution. Allergens will not be as plentiful just after rain, so that might be a good time to go enjoy the weather. Another good tip to remember is to keep your windows shut throughout the day. ORAL MEDICATIONS AND SHOTS There are plenty of oral antihistamines on the market for mild allergy symptoms. For more severe allergies, you might want to see a doctor about getting allergy shots. If itchy eyes persist in spite of these remedies, please don’t hesitate to call our office or come by for a visit.

COLD COMPRESSES Make a cold compress by running a washcloth under cool water, and apply it to your eyelids for several minutes. This should reduce swelling and irritation. WASH YOUR EYES AND FACE Allergens will dissolve in your tears and cause the antibodies in your eye cells to release histamine, which


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