Relief from Allergy Misery
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, we don’t need to tell you how uncomfortable the effects can be for contact lens wearers. Depending on where you live, tree, grass, and weed pollen counts can be high in the spring and summer months, but allergies to dust and pet dander can strike any time. So, how can you minimise your discomfort? Start by knowing the signs of pollen and other allergies and what you can do to protect yourself.
Signs of Pollen Allergy
The most common symptoms you may experience include nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing, and red, swollen, and itchy eyes are also likely during pollen’s high seasons. You may also find yourself tearing up, as your eyes produce excessive tears to combat dryness and irritation. All these symptoms make it difficult to get through the day under any circumstances, but even more so for contact lens wearers.
Allergies and Contact Lenses
So, what do these allergic reactions mean for contact lens wearers? Swapping contacts for glasses is one option, but many lens wearers can’t imagine their day-to-day lives without contact lenses. Instead of resigning yourself to spectacles, there are a few strategies to practice to increase your comfort level when seasonal allergies are at their worst.
- Wash your hands as often as possible, and especially before handling your contact lenses! And, avoid touching your eyes.
- Use eye drops. Eye drops and sprays relieve irritation, provide moisture for dry eyes, and help to remove dirt, pollen, and dust particles.
- Bathe your pets regularly. Hygiene is also important for your outdoor pets, as pollen and other allergens stick to fur, which are then brought into your home.
- Wear daily contact lenses! The most hygienic option for contact lens wearers is always one-day disposable lenses. By using a fresh, new pair every day, the lenses do not accumulate dirt and deposits and don’t require any cleaning or maintenance.
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These tips can help keep your eyes comfortable when allergies strike, and it can also be helpful to wear sunglasses outdoors to shield your eyes from pollen and other irritants. Finally, spending a little more time on housekeeping can also help reduce allergens in your home, so you can breathe, and blink, easier.