Although seasonal allergies are most commonly associated with springtime, a large number of individuals endure symptoms during the fall as well. In addition to sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes are often a significant source of discomfort.
Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or light sensitivity. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.
When an individual with allergies is exposed to a substance he is sensitive to, the immune response is to release histamines to defend against the ''intruder''. This hypersensitive immune response results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as eye related symptoms.
If you wear contacts, symptoms are sometimes exacerbated because contact lenses can often collect allergens such as ragweed. In addition, we tend to rub itchy eyes, which can result in even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. until the season ends. 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 pollen accumulation. If you are experiencing discomfort from your contacts, schedule an appointment at our Alpharetta, GA optometry practice to talk to a professional about your options.
Whether you wear contacts or not, here are a few tips to reduce fall eye allergies:
- Check the area pollen count and stay indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
- Wear large sunglasses to block the pollen from entering your eyes.
- Clean carpets and curtains often to remove pollen that has entered the house.
- Rather than sweeping, use a damp mop to clean floors, which is more effective at getting rid of allergens.
- Refrigerate artificial tears or use cold compresses for extra soothing.
- Shower every 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 an appointment with your eye doctor as soon as possible to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our Alpharetta, GA eye care practice would be happy to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!