As the end of summer approaches, many individuals begin to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can cause a great level of discomfort.
Symptoms of ocular allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for allergy sufferers that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
For contacts users eye allergies can often be exacerbated since contact lenses can often attract allergens. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, we usually rub them which can result in even more irritation for those wearing contact lenses. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes reduce discomfort but many lens wearers choose to reduce the use of their contacts. If you wear contacts and experience fall allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which minimize the likelihood of pollen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts – visit our New York, NY optometry practice to talk to a professional about your condition.
Regardless of whether you wear contacts or not, here are some ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergies:
- Stay indoors during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen count is at a peak.
- Wear big sunglasses to help block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Wash carpets and curtains frequently to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Clean floors with a damp mop instead of a broom which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Take a shower at night to remove any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be more effective. If this is the case, schedule a visit to your optometrist as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our New York, NY optometry practice would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!