Dry eyes and itching, sneezing and sniffing; no one is going to argue that allergies are anything but miserable. What’s more, contact lenses can further aggravate the symptoms, by potentially trapping allergens under the lens. The result is redness and irritation that can make going about your day infinitely more unpleasant. How can we battle the allergies that can strike at any time during the year? By taking a three-pronged approach. The first step is to limit the body’s exposure to the germs, the second is to treat existing symptoms and the third is to minimize the affect contact lenses has on the allergies.
Most eye allergies are caused by plant pollen, so, as you can imagine they can be rather difficult to avoid. However, there are a few approaches that you can help you decrease and perhaps even improve your eye allergy symptoms:
- Check out the pollen reports. Your weather channel or any weather Internet site will offer updates that give the pollen counts for your region. When you notice that pollen counts are particularly high, limit your time outdoors, if possible.
- Have someone else cut your lawn. It may seem like an extravagance to have someone else take care of your yard, but if you are highly susceptible to spring allergies, this can be a very worthwhile measure to take.
- Limit your exposure to wooded areas. The warm weather always beckons us outdoors, but especially when pollen counts are high, avoid wooded areas.
- Shut your doors and windows and use your air conditioning. Keep in mind that even when you rely on air conditioning, if you are highly sensitive, you can still suffer because the allergens can circulate through your air conditioning system. If you’re noticing that having the air on is not helping, turn it off for the time being, and replace your filter.
- Buy a HEPA high efficiency particulate air) filter. HEPA filter systems are extremely effective at eliminating allergens from the air in your home. If your eye allergies are really bad, this can be a great option!
- Try an over-the-counter allergy medicine that will address your eye allergy symptoms. If you’re unsure of which one to get, consult the pharmacist. And, if over-the-counter is not going to cut it, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options to alleviate your eye allergies.