How Might An Allergy Affect My Eyes?

The summer season may bring warm days, picnics and long evenings but for those who suffer a severe allergic reaction to pollen it is often a time to be endured, rather than enjoyed.

Hayfever Or Allergic Conjunctivitis

Hayfever sufferers are affected by a runny nose, blurry vision and streaming eyes, caused by pollen dust irritating the eye. Although antihistamines may have a good effect, eye drops are also useful in calming down the affected area. Hayfever is also known as allergic conjunctivitis.

A simple way of cutting down the effect of airborne allergies is to wear wraparound sunglasses.

Read: Seasonal Allergy Symptoms and How We Can Treat or Prevent Them

Pets Are Not Always Welcome To Visitors

Animal allergies are quite common, particularly an allergy to cats and horses. If the sufferer does not own a pet themselves, they may be unaware that they have this particular allergy until they make a connection between feeling unwell when visiting a house containing cat or being around horses.

The best remedy is prevention in this case, namely avoiding being around the allergen-producing subject. However, as with hayfever, careful and timely use of antihistamine medication and eyedrops can prevent and alleviate symptoms if there is no avoiding the allergen (when visiting a home where your hosts have a cat for example).

Looking At Eye MakeUp

Read: Contact Lenses 101

Other allergies the eye may experience may be due to using new eye-make up. Sometimes a woman may find that a brand of mascara for example, with which she has never had a problem previously, suddenly begins to cause eye irritation and sensitivity. This could be due to the formula of the make-up altering, or it may simply be that the eye has become newly sensitive to the product. In which case, a trip to a make-up counter selling hypo-allergenic products should be made to test out some new cosmetics under the guidance of the trained salesperson, who will be aware of those particularly suitable for allergy sufferers.

Contact lenses wearers who have long been comfortable with their lenses, may find them becoming less easy to wear when there are a lot of allergens in the air. The allergens can land on the lenses and irritate the eye, causing blurring and wateriness. There are special eyedrops to keep contact lenses clear in these circumstances which will also relieve the symptoms caused by dust and pollen. Alternatively, the user might like to investigate disposable contact lenses which are replaced daily, so do not build up irritating deposits.

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