17.05.2010

Contact lens wearers "should prepare for summer"

Contact lens wearers "should prepare for summer"

By Alexa Kaczka

People who wear contact lenses should be prepared for the summer if they usually suffer from hayfever and similar allergies, one source has warned.

Naomi Creason, writing for the Carlisle Sentinel, pointed out that the summer months bring high pollen counts which can often play havoc with contact lens wearers" eyes, so it is important to avoid situations of over-exposure if possible.

Dr Donald Harper of Medical Arts Allergy, which has offices in Carlisle, told the newspaper that he has seen even more people than usual with hayfever-like symptoms, and said it is important for those who are susceptible to take precautions.

He added: "There are good, over-the-counter antihistamines that people take, and most primary care and family physicians are very familiar with using steroid nasal sprays. What an allergist can do is identify what people are allergic to and find the best medication."

Recently, Dr Ronit Herzog, director of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, said that allergy sufferers often experience eye irritation during the spring and summer, but this can be avoided if they avoid pollen exposure.

by Martin Burns


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