Approximately one in five Australians experience seasonal allergies, aka allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever. Often these allergies are caused by grass or pollen that comes from trees, weeds and grasses – which is why these allergies are commonly experienced in Spring. As a result, the often flu-like symptoms are generally felt for a few months, and those microscopic, omnipresent catalysts are pretty difficult to avoid during this period.
The symptoms of airborne allergies are usually felt in the eyes. This means that along with incessant sneezing and runny noses, you get to also experience red, swollen, itchy and watery eyes. A slightly more severe symptom is conjunctivitis, which can also result from seasonal allergies.
If you are a sufferer of airborne allergies, the chances are that you would rejoice at some form of relief from the endless onslaught of dripping noses, dry eyes and sneezing fits. Luckily for you, there are ways in which to avoid those nasty Springtime allergies, and bestow some relief to your eyes.
I know we complained about that ubiquitous pollen being near impossible to avoid, but there are actually measures that can be taken to, at least, minimise your exposure. On days that have a high pollen count, try and stay indoors as much as possible. Blasting the air conditioner will also help clean the air, so that allergens that pervade the walls of your safe haven are filtered out.
If you wear contact lenses, opt for glasses instead – if possible. Those who don’t like to wear glasses, laser could be an option. Contact lenses are like a vacuum for allergens, causing them to build up on the eye’s surface and increase the effect of symptoms. If you really don’t want to say goodbye to your contact lenses, temporarily switch them for disposable ones, which you can chuck out at the end of the day along with the allergenic participles they have absorbed.
It’s Spring now – the weather is warming, people are heading to the beach or to parks for picnics, seeing local bands perform in outdoor venues, and walking their pets in the park on sunny afternoons; don’t miss out! But if your hay fever is really getting you under the weather and stealing these sunny Spring days from you, you might want to consider either over-the-counter or prescription eye-drops, or even prescription medications, to relieve your symptoms.
Other simple steps to reducing the impact of hay fever include avoiding excessively rubbing or touching the eyes, frequently washing bed sheets and pillowcases in hot water, and washing your hands with germ-killing soap regularly.
For any more queries you have on springtime allergies, eye health in general, or vision correction, head online to Perfect Vision, or call the team of vision experts at Perfect Vision on 13 13 40, and book an eye check today.