Are Your Eyes Red and Itchy? Check Your Allergy Meds!

allergy-contact-lensesIt is allergy time of year again! Spring brings with it tree pollen, flower pollen and hay fever. And one of the most annoying aspects of allergies is, of course, the red eyes.

If you wear contacts, however, the red eyes can be more than just irritating, they can cause long-term damage to your sight.

You see, what many allergy sufferers are unaware of is that their anti-allergy medications, the antihistamines they take to prevent their allergy symptoms, can, in certain cases, make your eyes dry and red.

The Problem with Allergy Meds and Red-Eyes

If you regularly take certain antihistamines, you can end up developing a dry eye. Then if you wear your contact lenses over your dry eyes, the dryness can cause your lenses to scratch the surface of your eye.

If untreated, such scratches can become infected and cause serious problems for the eyes, including, in severe cases, blindness. In recent weeks, as spring has sent allergy sufferers reaching for their meds, the number of contact lens wearers with eye infections has jumped rapidly.

Allergies and Contact Lenses – A User’s Guide

If you take antihistamines or other anti-allergy meds and you notice that your eyes are getting dry, go and see your ophthalmologist. Let them examine your eyes and give you treatment, if necessary to heal your eyes.

If it is your anti-allergy meds causing the problem, then there are a few things you can do to minimise your discomfort and keep your eyes safe from damage:

  • Wear glasses instead of lenses during allergy season
  • Reduce the amount of time you wear your lenses
  • Keep your eyes moist with artificial tears or re-wetting drops.
  • Drink lots of water
  • Switch to daily disposables.
2017-09-20T02:49:59+00:00 Eye Health|