While eye allergies are most commonly associated with the spring, just as many people suffer during the autumn months as well. Above nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, ocular allergies can severely impede one’s ability to go about one’s normal functions.

When suffering from allergies, the eyes are often itchy, swollen, and irritated and often burn or water. Vision can often be affected as well by blurriness or sensitivity to light. These symptoms can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with all aspects of everyday life – from work to play.

For contact lens wearers symptoms can frequently be worse since contacts can often attract pollen. In addition, when our eyes are itchy, our first instinct is usually to rub them which can cause even more discomfort for those wearing contacts. Use of rewetting drops can sometimes reduce discomfort but many lens wearers decide to switch to glasses. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try switching brands, particularly to single use, daily disposables which reduce the likelihood of allergen accumulation. You don’t have to suffer from your contacts – schedule an appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ eye care practice to talk to a professional about your condition.

Regardless of whether you wear contacts or not, here are some tips to minimize autumn ocular allergy discomfort:

  • Check the local pollen count and remain indoors when counts are high, particularly at peak times such as midday.
  • Use big sunglasses to block allergens from entering your eyes.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging clothing out to dry whenever possible.
  • Clean floors with a damp mop rather than sweeping which can often stir up rather than clean away allergens.
  • Use chilled eye drops or use cool compresses for extra soothing.
  • Take a shower every night to remove any allergens you may have collected throughout the day.

If over the counter medications are not helping you may need something stronger. In this case, make an appointment with your eye care professional as soon as possible to talk about your options and begin proper treatment. Our Scottsdale, AZ optometry office is here to help your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!