Seasonal allergies can be
torture for contact lens
wearers. From itchy and watery eyes, to redness that just won’t quit, pollen
from trees and grass just won’t leave many of us alone. Allergies and hay
fever can start to strike in early spring, and, unfortunately may not let up
until the end of summer.
You may find your allergy symptoms are worse on warm and windy days, as pollen becomes airborne and finds its way into your eyes and nose. Although it may feel like the only way to protect yourself from allergic reaction is with a hazmat suit, there are ways to limit your exposure to airborne pollen and keep your eyes and contacts feeling bright and healthy.
• Practice good hand hygiene
• Wear daily disposable contacts
• Use eye drops frequently
• Avoid touching your eyes
• Limit time outside when pollen counts are high
• Wear sunglasses outside to block pollen
• Wear a mask while gardening or mowing your lawn (and keep grass short)
But, as any
allergy sufferer knows, the irritation doesn't stop once you're safely indoors.
Here are some tips to help protect yourself from pollen inside your
•Dry clothing in a dryer, instead of outside on a clothing line
•Vacuum your home and change your vacuum’s filter regularly
•Keep your windows closed, and remove and wash clothing and outerwear that has been worn outside on high-pollen days
•Bathe pets often, as they can bring pollen into your home
We understand the pain pollen can bring, so try these tips for a smooth and comfortable springtime. Your eyes will thank you. And, one last thing…because pollen counts are higher in dry, landlocked areas, it might be the perfect time for that seaside getaway you've been dreaming of!
For year-round relief from dry, irritated eyes, consult our guide to preventing and managing dry eye syndrome.