As the end of summer approaches, many people start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
Allergic symptoms occur when an individual comes into contact with a substance he or she has a sensitivity to causing the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This defense by the oversensitive immune system results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as eye related symptoms.
For contacts users symptoms can frequently be worse because contact lenses can often collect pollen. In addition, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. throughout allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience seasonal allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you aren't using daily disposables which minimize the potential for pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Fayetteville, NC eye care practice to talk to a professional about your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are some tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergy symptoms:
- Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest (usually mid-morning and early evening)
- Close windows when possible, especially when driving.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Instead of a broom, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
- Refrigerate eye drops or use cool compresses for soothing irritation.
- Eliminate mold in your home by keeping humidity under 50% and using a dehumidifier if necessary.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, you may need something stronger. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor now to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Fayetteville, NC eye care practice would be happy to assist you in regaining your comfort this fall!