Although many associate eye allergies with the spring, a large number of people endure symptoms during the fall as well. Above sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort.
When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, puffy, and red and often burn or water. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
When an individual with allergies is exposed to an allergen he has a sensitivity to, the immune system releases histamines to combat the ''invader''. This defense by the oversensitive immune system 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 can often be exacerbated because contacts can often collect allergens. Further, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. throughout allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, you may want to consider a different brand of contacts, particularly if you aren't using daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen collection. If you are experiencing problems from your contacts, visit our Temecula, CA optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are some ways to minimize fall ocular allergy symptoms:
- Avoid outdoor activities during midday and early evening when the pollen count is at a peak.
- Use large sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Wash carpets and curtains often to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Instead of sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
- Refrigerate artificial tears or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
- Eliminate mold in your home by keeping humidity under 50% and using a dehumidifier if necessary.
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 optometrist now to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Temecula, CA optometry practice is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!