Allergies. Most of us have them and the symptoms annoy us all. When it comes to your eyes, there are a few things you can do to help ease the discomfort. I chatted with our doctors to provide you a list of their most helpful tips on surviving allergy season.
- Wear daily disposable contacts. Contact lenses attract and trap allergens. If possible, limit your use of contacts during high pollen count days or days you feel discomfort. Our doctors have been impressed with daily disposable contacts because you get a fresh [allergen free] pair each day. Regardless if you use daily, bi-weekly or monthly disposable contacts, remember to replace your contacts as recommended to avoid irritation and infections.
- Limit your exposure. Staying indoors when pollen counts are high and replacing your furnace filter on a regular basis will help lessen the effects of allergens. Sunglasses help shield your eyes from debris caused by high Nebraska winds too.
- Use over-the-counter eye drops for relief. Picking the correct over-the-counter eye drop can be daunting when there are so many brands that claim to treat the same symptoms. Our doctors have seen the most success in using two brands, Zaditor and Alaway, to help relieve itchy, watery eyes. You can easily find these two brands at any drugstore or pharmacy. Be sure to stay clear of those brands that claim to treat redness. These contain a vasoconstrictor which only takes away the redness temporarily by shrinking the blood vessels in your eyes.