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It's Hay Fever Season

Spring and Summer can be challenging times of year for some people - particularly those suffering from hay fever or dry and tired eyes.

The College of optometrists has issuing the following advice for people suffering hay fever symptoms that affect their eyes:

  • Try to avoid going out in the early evening and mid-morning, when the pollen count is at its highest

  • Reduce exposure to pollen by closing windows and keeping surfaces clear with a damp duster

  • Wear sunglasses when outside. Wraparound styles offer more protection from pollen

  • If you develop eye symptoms and are a contact lens wearer, switch to wearing spectacles until the symptoms subside. Ensure any spectacles, including sunglasses, have an up-to-date prescription

  • Rinse your eyes regularly, with a dedicated eye wash, to remove any dust and pollen from their surface

  • Use a cold compress to provide temporary relief and help reduce inflammation. Dry eye drops, that have been cooled in the fridge, can have a similar effect

Special antihistamine eye drops for hay fever can be really helpful and are available from chemists. However, you will need a GP prescription for small children. Ask the pharmacist for advice. If you are going to use them, start regular antihistamine tablets early before the season really starts and they will be more effective in controlling the allergy. We stock moisturising eye drops that certainly help with that dry gritty feeling from too much close work or discomfort from hay fever. Feel free to talk to any of our practice team about how we can help you if you are suffering from hay fever or dry eye. Please call us on 0117 9735929 or come in and see us. One of our team will be happy to help.


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