As the end of summer approaches, many individuals start to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes can become itchy, puffy, and red and often sting or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in work, school, sports and leisure activities.
For contact lens users symptoms are sometimes worse because lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. In addition, we tend to rub eyes that itch, which can result in even more discomfort for contact lens wearers. Use of artificial tears can sometimes reduce symptoms but many lens wearers choose to reduce the use of their contacts. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, you may want to consider a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which reduce the potential for allergen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, visit our Tucson, AZ optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
For anyone suffering here are some ways to reduce fall eye allergies:
- Stay indoors during midday and early evening when the pollen levels are at a peak.
- Wear large sunglasses to block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Clean carpets and draperies frequently to get rid of allergens that have entered the house.
- Instead of a broom, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at getting rid of 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, a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, schedule a visit to your eye doctor as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Tucson, AZ eye care practice would be happy to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!