With 10 million sufferers in England alone, Hay Fever is a widespread and uncomfortable condition best recognised for causing nasal congestion, sneezing and irritation of the eyes.
For those who wear contact lenses, this can be a particularly difficult issue, especially as pollen can collect on the surface of the lens, causing additional irritation that makes the eyes itchy, watery and can even cause redness and inflammation.
So as we approach Hay Fever season, here we offer some key advice to sufferers who wear contact lenses, helping to keep your eyes clear and comfortable in the coming months.
Resist the rub
Difficult though it may be, it is important not to rub the eyes when suffering from the symptoms of Hay Fever whilst wearing contact lenses. Not only can this further irritate the eye and cause infection, but persistent rubbing can also act to displace lenses, bringing additional issues.
There are a number of over-the-counter remedies that can help to ease irritation when the pollen count is high, making it easier to continue wearing contact lenses. These include antihistamines, steroids and specialist eye drops that can wash and soothe the surface of the eyes.
Hydrate the eyes
The humid weather that usually accompanies a high-pollen count is likely to dry out the surface of the eyes, making wearing contact lenses uncomfortable. So during these periods always be careful to bathe the eyes as regularly as possible and make sure that you drink plenty of water.
Alternate your lenses
Because pollen residue can build up on contact lenses, it is advisable to switch your lenses on a day-to-day basis during Hay Fever season. If you wear long-lasting lenses during the rest of the year it may be worth considering a switch to a disposable prescription over the Spring and Summer.
Switch to glasses
If Hay Fever causes persistent issues when wearing contact lenses the best option is to switch to wearing glasses. Framed eyewear can help to protect the eyes from airborne pollen and save the irritation of wearing contacts when Hay Fever symptoms are causing discomfort.
Get in touch
If you are a contact lens wearer and would like advice on coping with Hay Fever during the Spring and Summer months, please call our friendly team today on 01905 613020 to find out more.
Hay Fever: How to cope if you wear Contact Lenses
As we approach the high pollen season, here we offer some key advice to Hay Fever sufferers who wear contact lenses.