For people who suffer from allergies, spring and summer can be very difficult times. Many choose not to wear contact lenses because their eyes are already red and irritated. But help has been given for people with allergies who do not want to have to wear their glasses.
Dr Paul Karpecki, clinical director of the Kofler Vision Group in Lexington, Kentucky, suggests that people who suffer from eye-irritating allergies opt for daily disposable lenses.
Recommending 1 Day Acuvue Moist as a brand, he explained that research has demonstrated that these sorts of contact lenses, which are worn once and then discarded, can be better for people whose eyes tend to suffer from allergies.
"By putting in a clean, fresh lens every day, one-day contacts minimise the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that can often accumulate with repeated use of the same pair of lenses," he explained.
A survey by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), with the backing of Johnson & Johnson, found that about half of people with allergies use their glasses when their eyes are suffering.
But it was also found that this can cause people to feel less confident and capable.
Some 37 per cent said they feel less attractive doing this, while 35 per cent reported feeling less happy and 29 per cent said it took a toll on their confidence levels.
Eye makeup is another victim of allergies. Most women (52 per cent) said that their eyes become so itchy when their allergies are playing up that they rub their eyes, causing their cosmetics to come off. In addition, 40 per cent of women say they look run down and unattractive when their eyes turn puffy and bloodshot.
As well as daily disposable lenses, natural forms of relief are available for allergy-ridden eyes. In Natural News, Melanie Grimes suggests vitamin B5, which she explains is believed to help relieve the symptoms of allergies. She also reports that it may help to break up mucus by eating plenty of citrus fruits and suggests getting plenty of vitamin C.
Ms Grimes also suggests making use of a neti pot. This form of nasal irrigation involves warm water and a little salt.
Further advice for soothing irritated eyes comes from an article by Katie Baker in the Ballard News Tribune.
She also recommends the neti pot, suggesting using it in the shower for optimum results. Other tips include eyedrops and taking in enough fluid. Drinking water and eating nuts and fish to get essential fatty acids can help to hydrate one"s body and keep water being properly used.
Eating well is also helpful. Ms Baker urges people to get plenty of fruit and vegetables, which she says can help to bring the same sorts of benefits as an anti-histamine.
Illinois publication the Northwest Herald spoke to eyecare specialist Dr David Rocks, who owns the Advanced Eyecare Clinic.
He also recommended daily disposable lenses for people who do not want to have to go back to their glasses, but he urged lens wearers to check before using eye drops.
Dr Rocks explained that some eye drops might discolour contact lenses or cause them damage, so patients should check with their eye doctors before using them.
He also warned that it can damage sight to rub one"s eyes too much when suffering from allergies.
Dr Rocks said that eye drops could be used to clean the eyes out and cold compresses may also be useful.
But he also recommended that sufferers see their doctors to check that their symptoms are not caused by anything more serious.
There are a number of possible causes of conjunctivitis.
by Adrian Galbreth