More on Eye Allergies

Comparted to some allergic reactions, most allergic eye conditions are more irritating than dangerous. However, some can result in permanent damage to the eye, for example allergic or vernal keratoconjunctivitis could result in scarring of the cornea and visual problems. Most allergic reactions are dry and itchy eyes.

Some of the ways to treat eye allergies are topical antihistamine/decongestant preparations, which are are effective and safe for mildly itchy, red eyes. Patanol, a topical mast-cell stabilizer, is a safe, highly effective, long-acting treatment. Topical steroids should be used with caution and under the supervision of an ophthalmologist.

There are things you can do to prevent allergy syptoms. Dry eyes may aggravate eye allergy symptoms. Tear substitutes, such as artificial tears, are an effective lubricant and a great treatment. Cold compresses may help, particularly with sudden allergic reactions and swollen eyes. Keep eyedrops refrigerated since this makes application more soothing.

As with any medical issues, if in doubt, seek medical advice sooner rather than later.

Pros and Cons of Contact Lenses

Contacts are not just something that you just “stick onto your eyes”. Contact lenses are really a foreign object in the eye. A good knowledge of what contacts are and how best to look after them in order to help your eyesight without damaging the eye is essential.

Problems with contact lenses

  • sometimes painful adaptation period foreign body stuff
  • lenses not fitting the cornea properly
  • inconvenience of handling
  • hygiene
  • sudden pain and dizziness
  • distortion of the cornea
  • irritation of the eye and eyelids
  • cornea abrasion and infections
  • allergic reactions to cleaning solutions
  • protein build up on lenses
  • can cause red eyes
  • continuous expense
  • scar tissue on cornea
  • oxygen deprivation to the cornea
  • extended wear leading to corneal ulcers, abrasions, and inflammation
  • infections
  • interference with normal blinking
  • drying out of the eyes
  • foreign bodies can get trapped under the lens

Benefits of contact lenses

  • worn right on the eye, for more natural vision
  • your entire field of view is in focus, especially important in sports and in driving
  • they do not steam up like glasses
  • blinking cleans the surface
  • Cosmetic issues; some people feel uncomfortable wearing glasses
  • Breakage is low

It would be asinine to say do not use contact lenses. The majority of users have no problems with them at all. Natural treatment of the eyes with exercise can take a long time. You have probably heard the claims that you can get 20/20 vision in 30 days. This is not impossible, but is highly improbable.

Make sure that you have enough contact lens solution at all times (if you are not using daily disposable lenses), and that you are changing it every day. If you have night and day contacts you can wear them all of the time.