Many of us are relieved to welcome the cooler temperatures this past week, but unfortunately milder weather bring allergies that can be an uncomfortable burden to so many. Ragweed, mold and dust mites are all allergens that get stirred up in the fall. Common symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

While over-the-counter medication helps to control these symptoms, there are things you can do to at home help your eyes get through this uncomfortable season.

Warm compresses are a great way to combat fall eye irritants. In the shower, hold a warm washcloth on your eyes for a few minutes. This helps in two ways. First, it calms your eyes and allows them to naturally wash out any irritants that are hanging around. It produces excess tears to aid in natural sterilization. Secondly, warm compresses help alleviate dryness, which is common in colder months. Allergens stubbornly stick to dry eyes more than eyes with good tear film. Keep your eyes hydrated and allergens will have a difficult time hanging around.

If you are a contact lens wearer, I recommend daily contact lenses to combat seasonal allergies. Daily lenses allow you to throw the lenses away each night and put fresh, sterile lenses on your eyes each morning. It's impossible to clean all allergens off continuous-use lenses, so when you put your lenses back on in the morning you will also be putting allergens back in your eyes. 

Hopefully these tips will prove useful in the coming months and, as always, give us a call if you have any questions.