While eye allergies are most commonly associated with springtime, just as many individuals experience symptoms during the fall months as well. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impede one's ability to function as desired.
Symptoms of eye allergies include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in work, school, sports and leisure activities.
For contacts wearers symptoms are sometimes exacerbated since contact lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. Further, when our eyes are itchy, our first instinct is to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. Lens wearers experiencing eye allergies often find themselves using wetting drops more frequently or even limiting the use of their contacts or switching to eyeglasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which reduce the potential for pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Mesa, AZ eye care practice to talk to a professional about your options.
For anyone suffering here are some tips to minimize autumn ocular allergies:
- Check the area pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Wear big sunglasses to help block allergens 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 can often stir up rather than get rid of allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- 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 a visit to your optometrist now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Mesa, AZ eye care office would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!