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Consult this calendar to ensure that you are well-prepared to minimise the impact of hay fever on your eyes.

Click on the image below to download a high-quality PDF version of the pollen calendar.

Look after your eyes and reduce the impact of hay fever
Hay fever can cause considerable discomfort for your eyes. If you suffer from hay fever, your optometrist can advise on how to reduce your symptoms and make things a little more bearable during the spring and summer.

The pollen season includes three main phases. Knowing which pollen triggers your allergy can help you to take measures to reduce symptoms. You can then take drops, on the advice of your optometrist, ahead of the period.

Pollen type   Main release period Peak
Tree Hazel (Corylus) January – mid April mid February – mid March
  Yew (Taxus) January – mid April end February – end March
  Alder (Alnus) January – April mid February – beginning of April
  Elm (Ulmus) February – April March – beginning of April
  Willow (Salix) February -beginning of May beginning of March – mid April
  Poplar (Populus) mid March – beginning of May end March – beginning of April
  Birch (Betula) March – mid June end March – mid May
  Ash (Fraxinus) March – end May April – beginning of May
  Plane (Plantanus) March – May mid March – mid April
  Oak (Quercus) end March – mid June end April – beginning of June
  Pine (Pinus) beginning of April – end July beginning of May – end June
  Lime (Tilia) June – beginning of August mid June – mid July
Grass Grass (Poaceae) May – mid September June – July
Weed Dock (Rumex) end May – beginning of August end June – end July
  Mugwort (Artemisia) end June – mid September end July – mid August
  Nettle (Urtica) May – end September end June – beginning of August
  Oilseed rape (Brassica Napus) end March – end July beginning of May – June
  Plantain (Plantago) April – August June – mid July