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Plymouth, MI Relief for Fall Ocular Allergies


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!

As required under Michigan Executive Order 2020-21, our office will be closed through April 13, 2020.  If you have ordered contact lenses or eyeglasses, we will make arrangements with you to have your order sent directly to your residence.  If you have less than a two-month supply of contact lenses, please contact us and we will be happy to place an order for you. 

If you have any questions about an order, or are experiencing an eye care emergency, please call our office or text message us at 734-414-1892 or email us at  

If you would like to schedule an appointment for a date after April 14, 2020, please contact us and leave a message and we will reply to schedule the appointment.  Together we will weather this storm.  Thank you for your continued support and stay safe,,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html