Will Wearing Contacts Make My Allergy Symptoms Worse?
Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 10/24/2016
If you wear contacts, you love their many advantages — convenience, comfort, more natural vision. But wearing contacts can be a challenge for some during allergy season.
While the itchiness and redness in your eyes caused by allergies can be aggravating, the good news is that there are things you can do for allergy relief without tossing out your contacts.
Switch To Daily Lenses
One of the advantages of wearing daily disposable lenses is that allergens don't tend to build up on them, which makes them a great option for allergy sufferers.
Replace Your Case
It's recommended that you replace your contact lens case every three months to avoid contamination. Allergy season is a great time to follow this rule so that your contacts don't pick up dust, dirt and pollen with every use.
Cut Back On Makeup
It's a good idea to give your irritated eyes a break during allergy season by cutting back on makeup. If this isn't an option, it's highly recommended that you put your contacts in before you apply makeup. You may also consider switching to allergy-friendly makeup brands.
If you're an allergy sufferer, rubbing your eyes is one of the worst things you can do — and even worse if you wear contacts. Rubbing not only makes the symptoms worse, but can also damage your lenses. Instead of rubbing, use other options, such as placing a cool compress over your eyes, which reduces swelling and provides relief from itchiness.
Use Artificial Tears
Preservative FREE artificial tears will help your eyes feel better while washing out the allergens. Over-the-counter eye drops may reduce redness but don't always make your eyes feel any better. Remember to remove your contacts prior to using artificial tears, and then wait 10 minutes before putting your contacts in.
Talk To Your Eye Doctor
Talk to your eye doctor, describing your allergy symptoms, if you're not sure how to manage your allergies while still wearing contacts. Your doctor can help you choose a different type of lens or cleaning solution that may provide relief.
The eyecare professionals at Broome Optical will help find the right pair of contacts that suits your needs and treat your allergy symptoms.