As the end of summer approaches, many individuals begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, ocular allergies can significantly impair one's ability to function normally.
Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and red and often sting or tear. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can be so debilitating for those suffering that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in work, school, sports and leisure activities.
For contact lens wearers eye allergies can sometimes be exacerbated since lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, we usually rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes alleviate symptoms but many contact wearers decide to switch to glasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen accumulation. If you are experiencing discomfort from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Plano, TX optometry practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of fall ocular allergies:
- Check the local pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Keep windows closed as much as possible, especially when driving.
- Clean carpets and curtains frequently to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Rather than sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Eliminate mold in your home by keeping humidity under 50% and using a dehumidifier if necessary.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, you may need something stronger. In this case, schedule an appointment with your optometrist now to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our Plano, TX eye care practice is here to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!