How to Alleviate Discomfort of Eye Allergies This Season
More than 50 million people worldwide suffer from allergies. In southern Louisiana, the humidity and high pollen count mean a lot of us suffer from allergies associated with mold and other environmental factors. Allergies can cause a host of eye-related issues, from red, itchy, watery eyes to the development of conjunctivitis. But there are some steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort during allergy season. On days where the pollen count is especially high, try to limit your outdoor activities. Keep doors and windows closed and use your air conditioner, making sure to clean the filter often. Also, fight the temptation to rub your eyes. Though rubbing may provide temporary relief from the itching of eye allergies, it causes further inflammation of the eye and will only prolong your allergy attack.
Eye Allergies and Contact Lenses
Contact lens wearers face special challenges during allergy season. Allergies make eyes hypersensitive and for contact wearers, the feeling may be intensified. Contact lens wearers can prevent discomfort by keeping their contacts as clean as possible. There are also many types of contacts on the market designed especially for patients with allergies and other eye sensitivities. Among your choices are a new generation of one day, single-use lenses. By putting a new lens in your eye each morning and throwing it away each night, you eliminate the hassles associated with cleaning and storage while enjoying the healthiest, most comfortable wearing experience regardless of environmental factors.
For more severe allergies, optometrists can prescribe medicated daily drops for both contact wearers and non-contact wearers alike. If you think you may be suffering from allergies or any other sort of eye irritation, emergency and urgent care appointments are available at all our offices. We accept most major medical insurance plans which can cover the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease or discomfort with or without dedicated vision benefits.