At the end of the summer, many individuals begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to function normally.
Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and often burn or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These effects can be so debilitating for allergy sufferers that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.
For contacts wearers symptoms are frequently exacerbated because contact lenses can often collect allergens. Additionally, when our eyes itch, our first reaction is usually to rub them which can result in even more discomfort for contact users. Use of artificial tears can sometimes reduce discomfort but many contact lens wearers decide to reduce the use of their lenses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of pollen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts – schedule an appointment at our Saginaw, MI optometry practice to discuss your condition.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to minimize autumn eye allergy symptoms:
- Stay indoors during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Keep windows closed when possible, especially when driving.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Instead of a broom, 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.
- Shower every night to wash off any allergens you may have collected throughout the day.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make a visit to your optometrist as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Saginaw, MI eye care practice is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!