Hay Fever and the eyes

As the weather starts to heat up, so does the likelihood of suffering from Hay Fever, with itchy, sore and wet eyes being one of the most prominent and annoying symptoms on the Hay Fever spectrum.

Hay Fever occurs, as the name suggests, when pollen from plants becomes an irritant to the human body. Starting at any age, once the pollen comes in to contact with the eyes, nose or throat, the body then goes into its natural protective overdrive mode by releasing chemicals designed to rid the body of the unwanted pollen.

Grass pollen is the most common cause of the Hay Fever we are sadly familiar with, causing the eyes to weep and itch, the eyelids to swell and making everyday life very hard indeed. Over the counter remedies such as taking anti-histamines can provide some relief, but different medications can work differently for different people, making it very much a case of trial and error. Also, people can often adjust to tablets to the extent that they are no longer fully effective.

Whilst it is impossible for Hay Fever sufferers to avoid coming in to contact with pollen irritants, here is the Specs123 guide to minimising symptoms.

1. Watch Hay Fever forecasts for details of when high pollen levels are likely to exist. Just like a weather forecast, a quick internet search will bring up details easily so you can monitor every day. As the saying goes, fore-warned is fore-armed.

2. When pollen levels are high, keep the windows in your home and the car closed, and try to avoid the use of air conditioning systems that recycle the outside air. Staying inside may be the best way to protect yourself from the pollen, but if you do need to go out, try minimising exposure.

3. For contact lens wearers, switching to glasses offers more effective protection. Consider glasses with a more wraparound style or larger frames that protect more of the eye area than other eyewear styles.