MOST of us welcome the arrival of spring but the warmer weather often heralds the start of symptoms such as sneezing, headaches and itchy, red or watery eyes for hay fever sufferers. That is why Specsavers is providing advice on how to handle hay fever this Allergy Awareness Week (April 29- May 3).
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and is usually worse in the summer months. As well as sneezing and a blocked or runny nose, hay fever can also cause red, itchy or watery eyes, which can be particularly problematic for contact lens wearers.
Specsavers clinical spokesperson, Dr Nigel Best says: ‘Hay fever sufferers who wear contact lenses may notice the vision through their lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable.
‘However, there are some things contact lens wearers can try to help reduce the irritation.
‘Contact lens-friendly eye drops can help to calm down any itchiness and wearing prescription glasses (particularly wraparound sunglasses) can prevent pollen from getting into your eyes.
‘Those suffering with hay fever could also try daily disposable lenses during the summer months.’
Dr Best also recommends: ‘While it’s not always possible, staying inside when pollen count is high will help to avoid irritation or showering and changing your clothes when you get home will also help to remove pollen from skin and hair.’
Your eyes can reveal a lot about your general health and so it’s important to have regular eye tests – once every two years, or more often if recommended by your optometrist. To book your next appointment visit