Hay fever is an allergic reaction that affects nearly 18 million people in the UK every year. Commonly an issue during spring through to autumn, hay fever can cause its sufferers to not enjoy the months most commonly spent outside. Triggered by the presence of pollen in the air, a large number of people are condemned to inflammation and symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes as a result of hay fever.
These symptoms make it very difficult for sufferers to enjoy the summer months as they are overly aware that hay fever is likely to strike while they enjoy the outdoors. In this blog, we will explain what it is that causes your eyes to itch as a result of hay fever and how to best manage the symptoms.
Why hay fever causes itchy eyes
The reason that hay fever causes people to suffer itchy eyes is down to the allergic reaction that the pollen sets off. This reaction occurs in the conjunctiva, the transparent membrane covering the white of the eye, which when inflamed causes watery, red and itchy eyes.
The symptoms are similar to that of dry eyes, where your eyes can become red and swollen once irritated. The reaction can also sometimes cause the sufferers to begin to rub their eyes to try and achieve some sort of relief, but this ultimately can cause your eyes to itch more.
While hay fever is not curable, there are remedies that allow you to go about your life and enjoy the summer months without worrying about the fallout.
How to manage hay fever symptoms
There are several ways to manage the symptoms of hay fever. With many of them being such a nuisance that they become debilitating, it is important to establish what works best for you.
- Stay Indoors during peak times – During periods of high pollen count, ensure that your windows and doors are closed as well as make sure that all surfaces are regularly cleaned to remove any potential pollen lurking on sides.
- Wear glasses or sunglasses instead of contact lenses – this offers you more protection should you want to venture outside. The frames and lenses will act as barriers to protect your eyes. While you’re going to this effort, ensure your prescription is up to date with an eye examination.
- Treat your hay fever with eye drops or antihistamines – eye drops are a great way to feel instant relief and treat the inflamed area of your eyes. Antihistamines offer similar benefits by blocking the production of histamine that is released by the allergic reaction. Be sure to check your contact lenses can have eye drops applied to them if you wear them before application.
Keep your eyes healthy with Reynolds Opticians
It is important to regularly get your eyes assessed, especially if you don’t normally suffer from allergies such as hay fever. Book your eye examination with Reynolds Opticians today and rest assured that you’ve done all you can.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team has years of experience meaning they are well-equipped to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, why not check out the Reynolds Opticians blog? Here you can find the latest guides and information on how to best take care of your eyes.