At the end of the summer, many people begin to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impede one's ability to function as desired.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, puffy, and irritated and often burn or tear. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in work, school, sports and leisure activities.
If you wear contacts, symptoms can sometimes be exacerbated since contacts can often collect allergens such as ragweed. In addition, when our eyes are itchy, our first instinct is to rub them which can result in even more discomfort for contact lens wearers. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes reduce symptoms but many lens wearers decide to switch to glasses. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - schedule an appointment at our Virginia Beach, VA optometry practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are some tips to minimize fall ocular allergies:
- Check the area pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Wear large sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop rather than sweeping which tends to stir up rather than get 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.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be what you need. In this case, schedule a visit to your eye care professional now to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Virginia Beach, VA optometry practice is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!