Spring Allergies, Eye Allergies, and Contact Lenses

When it comes to eye allergies, the misery of spring allergies can hit those who wear contact lenses especially hard, Medical News Today reports.’

Eye allergy symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, which accompany other allergy symptoms like sneezing, coughing, itchy throats. ‘According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), eye allergies, also called 'allergic conjunctivitis,' are a reaction to indoor and outdoor allergens – pollen, mold, dust mites and pet dander – that get in the eyes and cause inflammation of the tissue that lines the inner eyelid.’

Those with contacts have the added problem of their contacts becoming difficult to wear when spring allergies hit. In fact, contact lens wearers experience increased symptoms, mainly due to extended wear time and infrequent lens replacement. To make the spring season more comfortable, staff optometrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, W. Lee Ball, O.D. recommends:

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