As the end of summer approaches, many individuals start to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes are often the primary source of discomfort.
Eyes are often itchy, puffy, and red and often sting or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for allergy sufferers that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies can sometimes be worse since lenses can often attract allergens. Further, we tend to rub eyes that itch, which can result in even more discomfort for contact lens users. until the season ends. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the potential for allergen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, visit our Manchester, CT eye care practice to discuss your options.
For anyone suffering here are some tips to minimize fall eye allergies:
- Avoid outdoor activities during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Use large sunglasses to block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Rather than sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Clean areas prone to mold frequently with a bleach solution.
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 doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Manchester, CT optometry practice is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!