The experts from Specsavers Opticas Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain answer some of your questions about hay fever and your eyes…..
With hay fever season fast approaching, many people find that it effects the eyes, in some cases making them water, in other cases making them dry, itchy and sore. We get a lot of questions this time of year about this topic, so here are some of the most frequently asked questions for you.
How does hay fever affect the eyes?
Hay fever can cause conjunctivitis underneath your eye lids which will cause your eyes to feel itchy. When you get conjunctivitis under your eyelids less mucin is produced and your eyes will feel dry. On the other hand the hay fever can simply irritate the eyes and make them water, both bad news, especially if you wear contact lenses.
How can I stop my eyes watering and being sore during hayfever season?
There are many hay fever remedies available which help reduce all the symptoms of hayfever including the issues with your eyes. If you find your usual brand has stopped working, try a few different ones as every year can be different. If your eyes are reacting quite badly you could also try an antihistamine eye drop.
Can I still wear contact lenses during hay fever season?
Unfortunately hay fever is a real problem with contact lenses. If your eyes are affected badly, there is no option but to revert to wearing glasses so that you can use antihistamine eye drops, as unfortunately you cannot use these with contact lenses.
Why am I getting blurred vision with my contact lenses during hay fever season?
For hay fever sufferers, the eyes can react against a contact lens, or the deposits on a lens. The underside of the top eyelid then gets inflamed, and develops papillae (raised red bumps). These bumps cause toric lenses to become off axis causing blur, and also, more mucous is produced and that can blur a lens. The only options are daily disposable lenses, or to revert to your spectacles during the hay fever season.
If your eyes are sore, or red or you are experiencing discomfort, why not visit Specsavers Opticas in Marbella center for an eye test and advice on how to deal with hay fever this year.