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2015-09-17 06:00

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WITH the warmer weather approaching people may be feeling the effects of early allergy symptoms.

Now is the best time to start treating them as early treatment will help curb the severity of your symptoms.

Here are a few ways you can begin treating your allergies to help minimise misery this season:

• Preventing and treating itchy, watery eyes

- Always wash your hands and face after coming in from outdoors.

- Wash hair more often as pollen can linger in your hair, and when you lie on your pillow and/or couch, your face can rub against in it, exposing you to more of the allergen.

- There are great prescription eye drops you can use to reduce and/or limit eye allergies. Contact-lens wearers may still wear their lenses if they wait 10 minutes after putting in the drops.

• Start taking your oral allergy medication now

- The sooner you start taking oral allergy medication, the better. Ideally just before or once the pollen count starts to creep up, one should then start taking their oral allergy medicine.

• Switch to single use contact lenses during allergy season

- Use daily disposable contact lenses during allergy season so that you can insert a fresh, pollen-free lens every day. This will greatly reduce your symptoms and keep your eyes itch free. For those who have moderate to severe allergies, discontinuing contact lenses when the pollen is at its peak cuts down on the pollen “sticking” on the lens and staying on the eye all day.

If using daily (single use) lenses is not reducing your symptoms, switching to spectacles during peak season may be a better choice.

• When should I see an eye-care practitioner about my allergy eyes?

- Preventative measures will help cut down on the symptoms, as once allergies flare up, they takes longer and more medication to quiet things down.

• Warning signs of something more serious

- If you have pain, decreased vision or redness that gets worse, it could be signs of other eye issues and you should see your optometrist straight away.

• What about children?

- Encourage children to wash their hands and face after coming in from outdoors.

- Make them change their clothes when they return home for the day.

- Keep bedroom windows closed during peak pollen days.

Establishing the cause and having an optometrist manage your eye allergies will help to make sure you suffer less.

Contact A. Moodley Optometrist at 033 394 2234 for an appointment

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