Allergies are the body's immune system overreacting to substances called allergens. Common allergens include dust, pet dander, and pollen. While dust and pet dander are present year-round, the tree pollen levels peak around this time every year.
Some of the worst allergy symptoms are red, itchy, and watery eyes that plague over 30 percent of adults. In addition to redness and itchiness, eye allergies can also cause eyelid swelling, conjunctivitis, and eye infections.
There are many different remedies for eye allergies. Many over-the-counter medications work for mild allergies while prescription options are more suitable for people with more moderate to severe allergies. If you have allergy symptoms and would like to know more about your options, feel free to ask for an appointment with one of our doctors.
If you are a contact lens wearer, be sure to be compliant with your lens care, try to minimize wear time when possible, and DO NOT sleep in your lenses. A hydrogen peroxide-based contact lens solution might clean the lenses better than standard solution. Overall, the best contact lens option for allergy season is daily disposable lenses. These lenses are worn once and then thrown away. Fresh new lenses every day can greatly improve lens wearing comfort. Call us if you're interested in trying these new types of lenses.