As the end of summer approaches, many people begin to suffer from ragweed allergy or hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies are often a significant source of discomfort.
Eyes can become itchy, swollen, and irritated and often burn or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. 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 contact lens wearers eye allergies are often exacerbated since lenses can often attract allergens. In addition, when our eyes are itchy, our first reaction is to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. until the season ends. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, you may want to consider 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 - schedule an appointment at our Lake Grove, NY eye care practice to talk to a professional about your options.
For anyone suffering here are some tips to reduce 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 as much as possible, especially when driving.
- Clean carpets and draperies often to get rid of pollen that has entered the house.
- Rather than sweeping, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at getting rid of 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, a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make an appointment with your optometrist as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Lake Grove, NY optometry practice is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!