Although many associate seasonal allergies with the spring, a large number of people experience symptoms during the autumn months as well. In addition to sneezing and a stuffy or runny nose, symptoms that affect the eyes can severely impair one's ability to function as desired.
Symptoms of ocular allergies include tearing, itching, swelling and stinging. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those affected that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life - from work to play.
Allergic reactions occur when a person is exposed to a substance he has a sensitivity to which provokes the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This defense by the hypersensitive immune system results in typical allergic symptoms which include general symptoms as well as eye related symptoms.
If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies can often be exacerbated since contact lenses can often attract pollen. Additionally, when our eyes itch, our first reaction is usually to rub them which can cause even more irritation for those wearing contacts. 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 minimize the likelihood of allergen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - visit our Lawrenceville, NJ eye care practice to talk to a professional about your options.
For anyone suffering here are a few tips to minimize exposure and symptoms of autumn ocular allergies:
- Check the area pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Keep windows closed as much as possible, especially when driving.
- Clean carpets and curtains frequently to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Instead of a broom, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
- Use chilled artificial tears or use cold compresses for extra soothing.
- Reduce mold in your home by keeping humidity under 50% and using a dehumidifier if necessary.
While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, you may need something stronger. In this case, make a visit to your eye care professional as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin effective treatment. Our Lawrenceville optometrist will be happy to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!