Fall Allergy Tips

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Allergy sufferers should be ready for a bad fall allergy season this year. Fall allergies are typically from high pollen counts. High pollen counts happen when there are warm temperatures and rainfall in the summer. High pollen counts coupled with dry weather afterwards set the stage for a tough allergy season ahead.

Eye allergies, also known as ocular allergies, occur when an allergen irritates the conjunctiva of a patient. The conjunctiva is a delicate membrane that covers the eye and the inside of the eyelid. Ocular allergies can cause eyes to hurt, water, become itchy, red, or swollen. While eye allergies can be unpleasant, it doesn’t pose a risk to a patient’s eyesight except for temporary blurriness. Some possible allergens that can cause eye allergies are: pollen, mold spores, dust mites, and pet dander. Pollen and mold spores are seasonal allergens while the other allergens can cause eye allergies year round.

Here are some tips that patients can use in order to survive fall allergy season:

  • If you have eye allergy symptoms, see an eye doctor
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses when you head outside in order to reduce the amount of allergens that can blow into your eyes.
  • Flush allergens out with eye drops recommended by your eye doctor
  • Vacuum and use a HEPA filter. That can prevent the buildup of allergens around the house.
  • Avoid going outdoors during high pollen count days.
  • Keep windows closed at night if possible in order to avoid getting pollen in the house.

What are some allergy tips that work for you during fall? Share them with us in our comments section.

Fall Allergies

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 6, 2011
Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies and many experience allergy symptoms in their eyes, including itching, tearing and redness. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently released their annual study of the top US cities identified as the worst fall allergy hotspots. The rankings are determined by analyzing three factors including pollen scores, the number of allergy medications used, and the number of allergy specialists in the area. Knoxville, Tennessee takes the #1 spot for 2011. For more information and to see if your city makes the list, click here.

For contact lens wearers, allergy season can be a frustrating time. 1 Day lenses are a great solution to help reduce allergy symptoms - a fresh lens is used every morning and disposed of at night, so the accumulation of allergens on the lens is reduced, meaning a more comfortable wearing experience for you.

Proclear 1 Day lenses are the only daily disposable contact lenses with FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear." If you live in one of the top 100 cities for 2011 fall allergies or suffer from seasonal allergies, talk to your eye care provider about Proclear 1 Day. Try them for free* with this free trial offer and start to enjoy fall! For more information on contact lenses and allergies, click here.

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