Toward the end of the summer, many people start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
When an individual with allergies comes into contact with a substance he has a sensitivity to, the immune system releases histamines to defend against the ''intruder''. This defense by the hypersensitive immune system results in typical allergic symptoms which include general symptoms as well as those related to the eyes.
For contact lens wearers eye allergies can often be worse since contacts can often attract pollen. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, we usually rub them which can result in even more irritation for those wearing contact lenses. throughout the duration of allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience fall allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the potential for allergen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Frisco, TX optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
Regardless of whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergies:
- Stay indoors during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen levels are highest.
- Close windows when possible, especially when driving.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Rather than sweeping, 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.
- Take a shower each 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, you may need something stronger. If this is the case, schedule a visit to your optometrist now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Frisco, TX eye care office would be happy to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!