As the end of summer approaches, many individuals begin to suffer from seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can be the greatest causes of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, puffy, and red and often sting or water. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. 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.
Allergic symptoms happen when a person is exposed to a substance he or she has a sensitivity to causing the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This hypersensitive immune response results in typical allergic symptoms which include general symptoms as well as those related to the eyes.
For contact lens users eye allergies can sometimes be exacerbated because contacts can often collect pollen. Further, when our eyes are itchy, we tend to rub them which can cause even more irritation for lens users. during allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, it could help you to try 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 Crystal Lake, IL eye care practice to discuss your condition.
For anyone suffering here are some tips to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergy discomfort:
- Check the local pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Close windows as much as possible, especially when driving.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop rather than sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Shower every night to remove any allergens 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 a visit to your eye care professional now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Crystal Lake, IL optometry practice is here to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!