While eye allergies are more commonly talked about in springtime, just as many individuals experience symptoms during the autumn months as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impede one's ability to go about one's normal functions.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
Allergic symptoms occur when a person comes into contact with an allergen he or she is sensitive to which provokes the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This defense by the hypersensitive immune system results in typical allergic symptoms which include general symptoms as well as those related to the eyes.
If you wear contacts, symptoms can often be exacerbated because contacts can often attract allergens such as ragweed. Further, when our eyes are itchy, we usually rub them which can result in even more discomfort for contact users. Contact wearers experiencing seasonal allergies often find themselves using wetting drops frequently or even reducing the use of their lenses or primarily wearing glasses. If you wear contacts and experience fall allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - schedule an appointment at our Kennett Square, PA eye care practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergies:
- Stay indoors when pollen levels are highest (usually mid-morning and early evening)
- Use big sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Rather than a broom, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Refrigerate eye drops or use cool compresses for soothing irritation.
- Take a shower every night to clean yourself of any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
If over the counter medications are not helping a prescription medication may be what you need. If this is the case, schedule a visit to your eye doctor now to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Kennett Square, PA optometry office would be happy to help you in regaining your comfort this fall!