Dr. A's Tips: Treating Fall Eye Allergies
It is almost that time of year again, when the leaves change colors and we spend lots of time outdoors taking in the gorgeous foliage. You might also notice those pesky fall allergies starting to make an appearance. If you are suffering from itchy, dry allergy eyes, follow Dr. A's tips to manage and reduce your symptoms. If you feel like these at-home remedies are not giving you any relief, or your symptoms are not improving, schedule an appointment to see the doctor and she will help you find solutions that work for you!
Combating Itchy Watery Eyes
Itchy, watery eyes can be the most frustrating part of eye allergies - to minimize your symptoms be sure to always wash your hands and face after being outdoors. Wash your hair more often too - allergens can linger in your hair and transfer to your pillows, then to your face. Replacing your old make-up can ensure that you are not applying allergens directly to your eyes and face. Be sure to start taking an oral allergy medication prior to the start of the season (now is a great time to start) as the medication is more effective when used as a preventative measure.
We've touched on this subject before, but it is essential to begin combating the symptoms as early as possible, sometimes before they start. Along with an oral allergy medication, using prescription allergy eye drops early can help reduce the severity of the symptoms. Contact lens wearers can still wear contacts as long as they wait ten minutes after inserting the drops.
If you suffer from mild eye allergies, limiting the hours you wear contacts can help reduce the symptoms. Using one day disposable contacts during allergy season is a great way to ensure that you are inserting a fresh, pollen-free lens each day.
For those who have more moderate to severe allergies, you might consider discontinuing wearing your contact lenses when the season is at its peak. This will cut down on your eye's direct exposure to allergens by ensuring that they aren't "sticking" on your contact lens and irritating your eye all day.
When to See the Doc
For the most part, with a few preventative measures you can avoid having to make a trip to the doctor. But there is a point when your symptoms might need medical attention. If you are experiencing severe itchiness that is not tamed by oral allergy medication you should certainly make an appointment to come in - the doctor will need to rule out that it isn't something more serious like an infection. If you begin to experience pain, burning, swollen eyes, decreased vision, worsening redness or any of these symptoms to a severe degree for several days, it is time to make an appointment at eye2eye.
Kids can be sensitive to seasonal allergens. Encourage them to wash their hands and face often as well as after recess or when returning indoors. Keep their bedroom windows closed and change their pillow cases often. Keep an eye on their symptoms, if they worsen or become more severe, make an appointment to see the eye doctor.
We hope with these tips from Dr. A that your allergy symptoms are managed and you can get out there and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!