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Working with Your Optometrist to Combat Hayfever

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From the itching eyes to the uncontrollable sneezing, hay fever has the power to turn a perfectly pleasant summer into an allergen nightmare. While many associate hay fever with immunology alone, it’s also of great interest to optometrists. In many cases, mast cells in the eyes release lots of histamines, causing irritating itching sensations. Fortunately, there are ways patients and their optometrists can work together to resolve the issue. Understand allergens and when they’re likely to trigger itching Weeds, grasses, and exotic trees that aren’t native to Australia are the worst culprits. Becuase they rely on the wind to spread their pollen, they can affect those who are living far away from the source. It’s also worth noting that pollen coming into contact with water exacerbates symptoms, as it creates starch granules small enough to enter the airways and trigger allergic reactions. While this means it’s difficult to avoid hay fever symptoms, staying indoors after midday and avoiding going outside immediately after thunderstorms is helpful. Planting a low allergen garden, avoiding mowing the grass during peak season and keeping windows closed are other effective ways to avoid allergens. Talk to an optometrist about prevention and treatment methods Optometrists recommend using eye drops before symptoms appear. As many eye drops aim to stabilize the mast cells that cause allergic reactions, it can prevent them happening in the first place. It can take up to 14 days for the drops to become effective, which means using them well in advance of an allergy kicking in is advisable. If eyes become dry, optometrists can prescribe drops that lubricate them. For those who are used to wearing contact lenses, eye drops are still an option. However, it’s a good idea to switch to wearing glasses during peak pollen season. This is particularly important when the weather is very hot and dry, as a lack of lubrication causes pollen to become trapped behind the lenses, leading to further irritation. For those who want an extra layer of protection, wrap around glasses and sunglasses reduce the amount of pollen entering the eyes. Finally, it’s worth developing an awareness of the self-help measures available. Rinsing eyes with clean water after going outside removes any pollen present. Taking over the counter antihistamines limits the body’s itchy reactions to allergens. If an allergen suddenly causes worse reactions one year, visiting an optometrist to discuss a change of treatment is worthwhile. The way eyes respond to pollen-related allergens can fluctuate, making clear communication with an optometrist...

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Dry Eyes During Menopause: Tips For Making Contact Lens Wearing More Comfortable

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There is a whole host of symptoms that are widely associated with menopause. From hot flushes to mood swings, this change in a woman’s life can be a bit of a wild ride. However, some women also experience dry eyes during menopause that makes wearing your contact lenses irritable and annoying. If you want to be able to continue wearing your contact lenses each day without irritation, try putting some of these dry eye tips to the test. Why Are Your Eyes Dry? Your fluctuating hormone levels are the reason why your eyes are feeling dry and gritty right now. As your hormone levels plummet, the meibomian glands in your eyes slow down in their production of the oil that stops tears from evaporating from your eyes. Without this oil, your tears evaporate and you experience eye dryness. When you try to wear contact lenses while experiencing dry eyes, it is going to feel like a gritty piece of sandpaper is trapped beneath your lens. Since this is such an uncomfortable feeling to experience, you need to combat the problem before you can comfortably wear your lenses every day again. What Can You Do About Dry Eyes During Menopause? The first step you must take when you realize you are experiencing frequent eye issues is to visit your optometrist to see if there is any link between your dry eyes and a medical condition. For example, if you have recently started taking medication to treat a health issue, your dry eyes could be a side effect of taking the medication. Once your optometrist has checked your eyes and given you the all-clear, consider making a couple of changes to your life. Start adding a couple of portions of fish to your diet each week. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can help reduce dry eye problems when taken regularly. Head down to your local chemist to choose eye drops that can be used several times a day to keep your eyes moist. Get advice from the chemist if you are not sure which ones work best for contact lens wearers. Give your eyes a bigger break from contact lenses during the day—this is particularly useful if you work with computers. Staring at technology for long period can cause your body to forget to blink, which dries the eyes out even more. Take your contacts out when you get home and put your glasses on to help reduce the gritty feeling. The side effects of menopause will not last forever, and working with an optometrist can help to reduce the discomfort you feel while you wear your contacts during this time of change. Don’t put up with the dry, gritty feeling any longer than necessary when a few minor changes to your life can help to reduce it...

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