While seasonal allergies are more frequently associated with the spring, just as many people suffer during the autumn as well. In addition to sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions.
Symptoms of eye allergies include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects 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 contact lenses, symptoms are often exacerbated since lenses can often collect pollen. Further, when our eyes itch, our first reaction is to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for contact lens users. Lens users suffering from ocular allergies often find themselves using rewetting drops frequently or even restricting the use of their lenses or switching to glasses. 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 pollen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts – schedule an appointment at our Escondido, CA optometry practice to discuss your options.
For anyone suffering here are some ways to reduce exposure and symptoms of fall eye allergies:
- Stay indoors when pollen levels are highest (usually mid-morning and early evening)
- Close windows when possible, especially when driving.
- Wash carpets and curtains often to get rid of pollen that has entered the house.
- Rather than a broom, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Refrigerate eye drops or use cold compresses for soothing irritation.
- Clean areas prone to mold frequently with a bleach solution.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be more effective. If this is the case, schedule a visit to your optometrist as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Escondido, CA optometry practice would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!