Seasonal Allergies and Your Vision
More than 50 million Americans endure seasonal allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes being a common complaint.
A trip to the local drugstore is often the first stop when allergy season is in full swing. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter medications can make eye related symptoms worse by reducing tear quantity and quality.
Many factors go into finding the right treatment for eye-related allergies – the most important being a consultation with your eye care professional. During your appointment, describe your symptoms so your eye care professional can recommend or prescribe a medication that may provide safe and effective relief.
Allergy sufferers can help themselves by:
- Limiting exposure to environmental allergens (keeping the windows closed during the worst seasons).
- Rinsing the eyes after being outside to limit the severity of symptoms.
Contact lens wearers should:
- Limit wearing time.
- Replace lenses as your eye doctor recommends.
- Care for lenses as instructed and do not substitute solutions without consulting with your eye doctor.