Although eye allergies are more frequently associated with springtime, just as many individuals suffer during the fall months as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impair one's ability to function normally.
Symptoms of eye allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These effects can be so debilitating for allergy sufferers that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in work, school, sports and leisure activities.
If you wear contacts, eye allergies can sometimes be exacerbated since lenses can often collect pollen. Additionally, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can result in even more discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes reduce symptoms but many contact wearers choose to switch to glasses. 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 likelihood of pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts – schedule an appointment at our Hoover, AL eye care practice to talk to a professional about your condition.
For anyone suffering here are a few tips to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergy symptoms:
- Check the local pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Use big sunglasses to help block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Instead of a broom, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Shower every night to wash off any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
If over the counter medications are not helping you may need something stronger. If this is the case, make an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Hoover, AL eye care office is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!