The arrival of spring is usually a welcome sight after a long winter. But for people with allergies, particularly those who wear contacts, the season can be miserable. According to the American Optometric Association, the official name for eye allergies is “allergic conjunctivitis.”
People who suffer from this condition often experience inflamed eyelids as the result of irritants like pollen or pet dander. Combined with infrequent contact lens replacement, the condition worsens considerably. To relieve the severity of the allergic reaction, the AOA suggests that contact wearers take out their lenses as much as possible, use daily disposable contacts, and schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to discuss further options. An eye doctor can prescribe special eye drops to relieve allergy symptoms when over-the-counter products are not effective.
The AOA notes that typical allergy-relieving medications, like antihistamines, often make eye allergies worse because they reduce the amount of tears produced. Instead, the organization recommends that in addition to using eye drops, patients also follow these guidelines:
• Do not touch or rub your eyes, even if they itch;
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water;
• Wash your bed linens and pillowcases in hot water to get rid of allergens;
• Do not share eye makeup with anyone;
• Never share contact lenses or lens cases with anyone.
For more information about soothing the symptoms of eye allergies, talk to an optometrist on your True Care Advantage plan. He or she will review your medical history and recommend a course of action that is healthy for you.