Although many associate seasonal allergies with the arrival of spring, a large number of individuals suffer during the fall months as well. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can significantly impair one's ability to go about one's normal functions.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.
For contacts wearers symptoms can often be exacerbated because contact lenses can often collect allergens. Further, when our eyes itch, we usually rub them which can result in even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. until the season ends. If you wear contacts and experience fall allergies, you may want to consider switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen accumulation. If you are experiencing discomfort from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Winston Salem, NC eye care practice to discuss your options.
For anyone suffering here are a few ways to minimize exposure and symptoms of fall ocular allergy discomfort:
- Avoid outdoor activities during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Use big sunglasses to block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Keep pets indoors as much as possible and bathe frequently as they can transport allergens into the house.
- Instead of 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.
- Shower at night to clean yourself of any allergens 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 an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin proper treatment. Our Winston Salem, NC optometry practice would be happy to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!