Tis the Season for Sneezin’: How to Help Your Allergy Eyes
Where I live, there are times of the year when wearing my contact lenses is a morning gamble. Those times are, namely, Spring and Fall. Why? Because the seasonal allergens are just so bad! And, trying to put my lenses in during allergy season is occasionally impossible.
Last year the problem was so severe that our local news did a story on people flocking to their eye doctor’s office to beg for some relief. I, too, consulted my optometrist and asked what I could do to help this problem. I got some good advice and some great eye drops!
First, the drops. My eye doctor gave me some samples of over-the-counter eye drops for regular use (these were made by SimilasinTM especially for allergy sufferers). And, they help. He also gave me a prescription for a fairly new special kind of drop called PatadayTM. All I can say is: sweet relief.
In addition to the drops, he also suggested a few simple strategies for keeping the allergens away. Here are the 4 W’s to help prevent the symptoms of allergy eyes.
I never thought about the fact that wearing a pair of glasses (sun or regular style) would protect my eyes from allergens in the air. Flying pollen destined for my pupils can be, at least partially, deterred by lenses and a frame.
When you are outside during peak allergy seasons and/or times (apparently 5-10am is the worst time for pollen sufferers/afternoons are worst for those who react to mold spores) be sure to wash your face and hair before you go to bed. You don’t want to put all those allergens onto your sheets – especially that pillowcase. Then be sure to wash your sheets frequently in hot water to keep indoor allergens and dust mites away.
In addition to washing your hair, face, and places you lay your head, also clean those glasses you are using to protect your face off after long periods of time outside.
Watch the Weather
Pollen and other allergen counts are usually a part of your local forecast. When your meteorologist points out airborne allergens are highest, you may want to stay inside!
Finally, if you haven’t updated your glasses prescription, allergy season could be the perfect time to do that (and get a new pair of fashion frames!). Going without contact lenses when your eyes are red, irritated and angry is the best idea to help your eyes heal and not cause further irritation.