At the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies are often the primary source of discomfort.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
Allergic reactions occur when an individual comes into contact with an allergen he has a sensitivity to causing the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This reaction by the hypersensitive immune system results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as those related to the eyes.
If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies are frequently worse because contacts can often collect allergens. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, we tend to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. until the season ends. 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 reduce the potential for allergen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Glastonbury, CT eye care practice to discuss your condition.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few tips to reduce exposure and symptoms of fall ocular allergy discomfort:
- Check the area pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Keep windows closed when possible, especially when driving.
- Keep pets inside as they can carry pollen into the house.
- Clean floors with a damp mop instead of sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Clean areas prone to mold frequently with a bleach solution.
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 as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Glastonbury, CT eye care office is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!