As the end of summer approaches, many individuals start to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can cause a great level of discomfort.
Eyes are often itchy, puffy, and irritated and often burn or tear. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can be so debilitating for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies can frequently be worse since contacts can often collect pollen. Additionally, when our eyes itch, our first instinct is to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for lens users. Lens users experiencing seasonal allergies often find themselves using rewetting drops frequently or even limiting the use of their contacts or primarily wearing glasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, you may want to consider a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which reduce the potential for pollen accumulation. If you are experiencing discomfort from your contacts, visit our Raleigh, NC optometry practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are some ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergy discomfort:
- Check the local pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Use large sunglasses to block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Wash carpets and curtains often to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Rather than sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Refrigerate artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Shower each night to wash off any allergens you may have collected throughout the day.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, you may need something stronger. In this case, make a visit to your eye care professional now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Raleigh, NC eye care practice is here to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!