While eye allergies are more frequently heard about in springtime, a large number of people suffer during the autumn months as well. Above sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can significantly impede one's ability to function as desired.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable 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, symptoms can sometimes be exacerbated since contacts can often collect allergens. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, our first reaction is to rub them which can cause even more irritation for those wearing contact lenses. Contact lens users suffering from eye allergies often find themselves using wetting drops frequently or even reducing the use of their contacts or switching to glasses. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of pollen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Fayetteville, NC eye care practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to minimize autumn eye allergies:
- Stay indoors during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen levels are high.
- Use big sunglasses to block allergens from entering your eyes.
- 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 cleaning away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Reduce 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. In this case, schedule an appointment with your eye care professional now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Fayetteville, NC optometry office is here to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!