Toward the end of the summer, many individuals start to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, ocular allergies can be the greatest causes of discomfort.
Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and often sting or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. 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.
If you wear contacts, eye allergies can sometimes be worse since contact lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. In addition, we tend to rub eyes that itch, which can cause even more irritation for contact lens users. during allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience seasonal allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the likelihood of allergen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Costa Mesa, CA optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergy discomfort:
- Avoid outdoor activities when pollen levels are highest (usually mid-morning and early evening)
- Wear large sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Wash carpets and draperies often to get rid of allergens that have entered the house.
- Instead of a broom, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Refrigerate eye drops or use cold compresses for soothing irritation.
- Take a shower each night to wash off any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, a prescription medication may be more effective. If this is the case, make an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Costa Mesa, CA optometry practice is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!