Toward the end of the summer, many people begin to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those suffering that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.
If you wear contacts, symptoms are frequently worse since contacts can often collect pollen. Further, when our eyes itch, we tend to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. until the season ends. If you wear contacts and experience seasonal allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which minimize the potential for pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts – visit our Cincinnati, OH optometry practice to talk to a professional about your condition.
Regardless of whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to minimize autumn eye allergy symptoms:
- Check the local pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Wear large sunglasses to block the pollen 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 getting rid of allergens.
- Apply chilled artificial tears or use cold compresses for soothing irritation.
- Eliminate mold in your home by keeping the house dry and using a dehumidifier if necessary.
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 a visit to your eye doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Cincinnati, OH eye care office would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!