Simple Contact Lens Tips For Allergy Season
It's spring in Cincinnati, otherwise known as allergy season. At our practice, we see a lot of contact lens wearers. In fact, over 60% of our patients get a contact lens exam exam from Madeira Optical. As the man on TV says, "We know a thing or two, because we've seen a thing or two." Check out a few basic tips and enjoy your spring.
Don't Fight The Wind
If you think you have a seasonal allergy issue, avoid outdoor activities during spring and summer windy days. A spring rain shower can do wonders to reduce airborne pollen, so try to reserve any yard work for a day after rainfall.
Hands Down, This Works
Try to resist rubbing your eyes with your hands, particularly if they are itchy. This can make matters worse with eye allergies. Washing your face and splashing the water away from your eyes can also help clean away pollen and other potential irritants. Wash your hands with soap first, and after that wash your face with water. The soap can potentially irritate your eyes.
All of us are different. As always, be sure to consult your eye doctor for the eye allergy treatment that best suits you.
Follow The Instructions
We're not assembling IKEA furniture here! Please follow the manufacturer’s recommended wear schedule and clean your contact lenses regularly. If you often forget, try making a phone alert or putting you contact lens solution right next to your toothbrush. Keep your rewetting drops nearby. We recommend keeping drops at work and home for when you need frequent applications.
Remember to mention any challenges during your next contact lens fit. Your Optometrist can help you with contact lens-related dry eye and allergy issues. For example, they may recommend switching to daily contact lenses instead of two-week or monthly contacts. This can help reduce any allergy contaminants in your eyes.
The good news is that Cincinnati is beautiful in the springtime. Eye allergies can be irritating..literally. It's part of life in Cincinnati. These are a few simple steps to help with eye allergies. Everyone is different, please check with your eye doctor for more information.