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January 14, 2013
By Eola Eyes, Doctors of Optometry
If you look like you’re suffering from a three month hangover by the time Spring officially begins, chances are you, too, are one of the millions of Americans effected by seasonal allergies. Orlando falls within the top 100 of U.S. cities for the prevalence of seasonal allergies, and, while allergy season never seems to totally end in our warm climate, late January through April marks the peak of the misery for most of the allergy sufferers we see at Eola Eyes. During the past 40 years, the frequency of eye allergy symptoms has risen exponentially, and it continues to rise. Researchers continue to explore this increase and to attempt to explain and curb the misery.
A number of treatment options exist to help relieve your ocular allergy symptoms. From lubricating drops to anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers to anti-inflammatories, there are a multitude of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription eye drops that can help bring relief. Topical eye drops tend to work more quickly than pills and your optometrist can help determine which option(s) is best for you. At Eola Eyes, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various drops and recommend an individual treatment plan based on the severity of your symptoms and clinical signs.
Be cautious when using any OTC decongestant eye drops that claim to “get the red out.” While these drops can provide a temporary reduction in eye redness, they are not good for consistent use. They contain vasoconstrictors, which make the blood vessels in your eyes smaller. They treat a symptom but not the cause of eye allergies. With extended use, the blood vessels can become dependent on the vasoconstrictor to stay small. When you discontinue the eye drops, the vessels actually get bigger than they were in the beginning. This process is called rebound hyperemia, and the result is that your red eyes could worsen over time.
If you are a contact lens wearer who struggles to wear your lenses comfortably through the allergy season, consider trying single use, daily disposable contacts. A fresh, sterile pair of lenses each and every day can go a long way to improve your contact lens experience during allergy season. Because these lenses are disposed after each wear, they don’t have pollen and allergens accumulating on the lenses after repeated wear. There are now daily disposable options available for most patients, even astigmatic and bifocal/multifocal lens wearers, and our doctors can fit you in these lenses for short-term use just during allergy season or for year round use.
Give us a call if you experience allergy symptoms and schedule an appointment with our doctors for your personal evaluation.