While eye allergies are more commonly heard about in springtime, a large number of people suffer during the fall months as well. In addition to sneezing and congestion, eye allergies can severely impair one's ability to function as desired.
Eye allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can be so debilitating for those affected that they prohibit an individual's ability to perform in all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.
For contacts wearers eye allergies are sometimes worse since contact lenses can often attract allergens. Additionally, when our eyes are itchy, our first reaction is usually to rub them which can result in even more discomfort for those wearing contact lenses. throughout the duration of allergy season. If you wear contacts and experience ocular allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of pollen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Austin, TX optometry practice to discuss your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are some tips to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergy symptoms:
- Avoid outdoor activities during midday and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
- Close windows when possible, especially when driving.
- Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
- Instead of sweeping, clean floors with a damp mop, which is more effective at cleaning away allergens.
- Try not to rub your eyes. Use a cool compress for soothing irritation or itchiness.
- Take a shower at night to clean yourself of any pollen you may have collected throughout the day.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, a prescription medication may be more effective. In this case, make a visit to your eye care professional now to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our optometrists in Austin, TX would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!