The temperature may have dropped a few degrees recently, but summer is fast approaching! The trees are filled with glorious greens and the sun is making (an occasional) appearance. Aside from the typical joys which the summer brings, it’s also the time of year when the pollen levels rise and, for some of you, it’s that dreaded time of year when hay fever kicks in. The release period of pollen runs from around late February all the way through to early August.
Rather expectedly, those hay fever sufferers who are sensitive to tree pollen are likely to have been affected in the spring. One of the main symptoms of hay fever, alongside frequent sneezing and a runny or blocked nose, is itchy, red or watery eyes. It’s no wonder then many hay fever sufferers find the condition so torturous, but there are things you can do to help alleviate any eye symptoms and make your eyes more comfortable during the peak of pollen season.
Eye drops containing antihistamine, such as Azelastine and Olopatadine, are one of the most effective means of relieving eye symptoms caused by hay fever. Drops such as these help to reduce the inflammation in your eyes, in turn helping to relieve your symptoms. The most widely used eye drops also contain the active ingredient Sodium Cromoglicate, which is categorised as a ‘mast cell stabiliser’. These are highly effective and safe for those with hay fever symptoms that affect the eyes.
One thing that is worth noting with this form of treatment is that it can take five to fourteen days of use before the drops are at their most effective. For that reason, it is crucial to try and start using the drops before your allergy kicks in! It is also important that you use your drops correctly and always follow the instructions that they are supplied with.
If you are taking your drops correctly and you are still having problems, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your optometrist; they can assess your symptoms and advise you on how best to reduce them.
It’s time to put hay fever in it’s place and make the most of all this beautiful season has to offer, greenery and all!