Allergies and contact lenses

For those of you getting contact lenses and suffering from allergies, this post will identify potential problems and solutions, such as helpful advice and ideas of how to reduce suffering and helps to find contact lenses suitable for allergic users.

Summer can be the cruellest season, bringing heat waves and the English batting collapses, but for many of us the indignity of sweating profusely on even short walks, or the sight of England’s finest trudging back to the pavilion, is far outweighed by the pollen and allergens in the air. If you wear contact lenses, allergies can cause problems above and beyond those suffered by other folk, turning a bright summer into seemingly the most inhospitable of climes.

The problems that contact lens wearers can suffeAllgery eye drops – Hypoallergenic eye drops – Vision Directr stem from the build-up of allergen deposits on their lenses. Of course, the lenses are always in contact with the eyes, so any allergens that stay on the lenses will cause a lot of irritation. They’ll also over-stimulate the production of tears, which can stick to your contact lenses and cause blurriness and further discomfort. If they cause too much discomfort, be sure to take them out. But, of course, remember to replace them, as during times of the year when your allergies feel more severe, switch to daily disposable contact lenses. The irritating deposits won’t have time to build up, and you’ll be able to go about your day in peace.

Some contact lenses are manufactured specifically with the allergic or sensitive user in mind. To identify hypoallergenic contact lenses, look on the product description (if you cannot find this, you can ask a Vision Direct representative by live chat) or check the manufacturer website to find out more.

Man does not suffer from pollen alone, however, and over the course of the year there are different challenges for all you contact lens wearers out there. The key tips to remember are to clean or replace your contact lenses, and to keep your eyes moist. There are some excellent eye drops out there to help you do so, some eye drops are even specifically designed to relieve hay fever. Try not to rub your eyes – even if they’re itchy. It might feel good at first, but it only adds to your discomfort in the long run. It’s worth remembering to take your contact lenses out before administering eye drops, and doing things by the book.

Home eye care remedies

Given the importance of the eyes it should perhaps come as no surprise that there are many home eye care remedies recommended by a multitude of sources online.  Some of these have been passed down through generations, and vary from harmless intuition to downright superstition.  Since those of you that buy contact lenses online have already indicated a preference for measurable and scientifically based treatment for the eyes, here we will focus on medically sanctioned advice.

One of the challenges often faced at some point by those who buy contact lenses online is developing dry eyes.  This is often the case when trying out a new product designed for a longer period of usage than the wearer is accustomed to, and usually passes when the eyes gets used to the new lenses.  It is important to note that dry eyes can result from a range of factors beyond simply using contact lenses, but at a basic level the problem is about tear production.  While simple environmental factors like overly dry air can be combated by turning down heating or using a dehumidifier, artificial tears or eye drops will sometimes be prescribed by your doctor, and can then subsequently be purchased online if the problem flairs up again, bypassing the need for another doctor’s appointment.

Allergic conjunctivitis, just as with all forms of conjunctivitis requires those who buy contact lenses online to immediately remove the lenses while symptoms persist.  Simply removing lenses and avoiding rubbing the eyes can alleviate symptoms, while a cool compress or chilled eye mask placed on the eyes can also work, and be simply fashioned from a clean flannel soaked in cold water.  For more severe allergic conjunctivitis antihistamine eye drops may be prescribed, and this medication is not compatible with contact lenses, which again should not be worn until 24 hours after the symptoms of the conjunctivitis have completely disappeared.  If it is your first bout of conjunctivitis you should not try and treat the condition at home on your own, as a diagnosis of the cause of the inflammation is essential, with a case of bacterial conjunctivitis usually requiring specific medication.

Perhaps the most exciting new home eye care remedy comes in the form of eye vitamin – and more specifically antioxidant – available as eye drops, tablets or soft gels.  Recent studies have shown that ingesting two of the antioxidants known as carotenoids – called lutein and zeaxanthin (available in for example Ocuvite Complete) – seems to reduce the risk of developing Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  AMD can potentially result in permanent vision loss, and while it seems that a carotenoid rich diet can help fend off the development of AMD, lutein (also available for smokers in a different formula since they should avoid beta-carotene) and zeaxanthin has been clinically proven to promote eye health.  Carotenoids can also be taken on board through eating fruits like mango, yellow peppers and blueberries, and green vegetables like kale, broccoli and spinach.