Although eye allergies are most frequently heard about in the spring, a large number of people experience symptoms during the autumn months as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impede one's ability to function normally.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.
When an individual with allergies is exposed to a substance he has a sensitivity to, the immune response is to release histamines to combat the ''invader''. This hypersensitive immune response results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as those related to the eyes.
If you wear contacts, symptoms are sometimes exacerbated because contacts can often attract allergens such as ragweed. Further, when our eyes are itchy, we tend to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. during allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which reduce the potential for allergen accumulation. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our West Winfield, NY optometry practice to discuss your options.
For anyone suffering here are a few ways to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergies:
Check the area pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Wear big sunglasses to block the pollen 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 getting rid of allergens.
- Use chilled eye drops or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Take a shower every night to wash off 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. In this case, schedule a visit to your eye care professional as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our West Winfield, NY optometry practice is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!