Minimizing the Effects of Ocular Allergies

If the snow ever stops,
we will soon be in allergy season. Allergies are one of the most common
health issues, affecting 20-30% of people in this country. The ultimate
solution to any allergy is avoidance of the allergen, but clearly that is not
always an option.

There  are many
types of over the counter eye drops for allergies, including vasoconstrictors,
decongestants, antihistamines, mast cell stabilizers, and non-steroidal anti
inflammatory drugs. An optometrist can prescribe drops for longer term use that
may be much more effective, sting less, and be safer than some of those found
on store shelves.
Other than drops or
avoidance of the allergen, some treatments that can help are cold compresses,
chilled artificial tears, eating a healthy natural diet, and drinking plenty of
water. Also, using an air filter indoors and wearing sunglasses while outdoors
can help.
Contact lens wearers can
often experience more frequent ocular allergies if their lenses are not
properly cared for. Following the recommended disposal time for contacts is the
key to long term success.
Ocular allergies are
often frustrating, but simple and affordable treatment strategies can provide
the best results and minimize discomfort.


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