Toward the end of the summer, many people start to experience symptoms of ragweed allergy or hay fever. Above sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can cause a great level of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, swollen, and red and often burn or tear. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for allergy sufferers that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
If you wear contacts, symptoms can sometimes be exacerbated because contact lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. Additionally, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. Contact lens wearers suffering from eye allergies often find themselves using rewetting drops more frequently or even restricting the use of their lenses or primarily wearing eyeglasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye 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 Plymouth, MI optometry practice to talk to a professional about your condition.
Regardless of whether you wear contacts or not, here are some tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergy discomfort:
- Stay indoors when pollen levels are highest (usually mid-morning and early evening)
- Use large sunglasses to help block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop instead of sweeping which tends to stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Apply chilled artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Take a shower every night to wash off any pollen 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 an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Plymouth, MI eye care office is here to assist you in regaining your comfort this fall!