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Fall Allergies

Dr. Tucker
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Dr. Tucker

It’s that time of year. The leaves are changing, the temperature’s dropping and everyone is yelling, “Go Big Red!” Hopefully, they aren’t talking about your itchy, watery eyes.

Fall allergies can make things very difficult for people. Ragweed is very active this time of year and according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health department, the rates for ragweed pollen in August and September are very high.

There are a few things you can do to get relief:

1. Avoid the allergens. Staying inside with the windows closed is one way to avoid the allergic trigger and can help you find relief. Also wearing glasses, sunglasses or goggles outside can help you stay away from the pollen. 

2. Ask your doctor about antihistamine drops. It is the histamine in your eyes that creates the itching sensation. When you rub your eyes you activate the histamine making the problem worse. Your optometrist can recommend an over-the-counter solution or can write you a prescription for special drops.

3. Consider daily disposable lenses. Allergies can actually stick to the surface of your contact lenses. While proper cleaning can eliminate some of the allergen build up, switching to daily wear can significantly reduce your exposure to allergens. You can throw the contaminated contacts away and start with a fresh new pair every day.

If you suffer from fall allergies and would like to find even more solutions, schedule an appointment with your optometrist. We would love to be able to find the right solution for you.

Sources: 
http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/pollu/pollen.htm#pollen
allaboutvision.com
eyecenter.emory.edu

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