While many correlate eye allergies with the spring, just as many people suffer during the fall months as well. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can significantly impede one's ability to function as desired.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itchiness, swelling and stinging. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.
If you wear contacts, eye allergies can frequently be exacerbated because contacts can often attract allergens such as ragweed. In addition, when our eyes itch, our first instinct is to rub them which can result in even more irritation for those wearing contact lenses. during allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience fall allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen collection. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Old Bridge, NJ optometry practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of fall eye allergy symptoms:
- Avoid outdoor activities during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen levels are at a peak.
- Use large sunglasses to help block allergens from entering your eyes.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Clean floors with a damp mop instead of sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
- Refrigerate eye drops or use cold 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 you may need something stronger. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Old Bridge, NJ optometry office is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!