While seasonal allergies are more frequently associated with springtime, just as many people suffer during the fall months as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can significantly impair one's ability to function as desired.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These effects can be so debilitating for allergy sufferers that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.
If you wear contacts, eye allergies are sometimes exacerbated because lenses can often collect allergens. In addition, when our eyes itch, we tend to rub them which can result in even more irritation for those wearing contacts. Contact wearers experiencing eye allergies often find themselves using rewetting drops frequently or even limiting the use of their contacts or switching to glasses. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, you may want to consider a different brand of contacts, particularly if you aren't using daily disposables which reduce the potential for pollen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Richmond, KY optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
For anyone suffering here are a few tips to reduce autumn ocular allergies:
- Check the area pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Keep windows closed as much as possible, especially when driving.
- Keep pets inside as much as possible and bathe often since they can transport pollen into the house.
- Clean floors with a damp mop rather than a broom which can often stir up rather than get rid of allergens.
- Refrigerate artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Shower each night to remove any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
If over the counter medications are not helping you may need something stronger. If this is the case, make a visit to your eye care professional now to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our Richmond, KY optometry practice would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!