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Also called allergic conjunctivitis, eye allergy is an inflammatory reaction of the eyes to allergens in the environment. Like all allergies, eye allergy starts when the immune system identifies an otherwise harmless substance as an allergen. This causes your immune system to overreact and produce antibodies that release chemicals which cause an allergic reaction. Eye allergy is quite common and affects people of all ages. The symptoms can be very annoying and negatively affect quality of life.

How Can you Prevent Eye Allergy?

If wearing contact lenses ensure you do the following:

  • Regularly replace disposable contact lenses as indicated.
  • Replace contact lens cases every 3 months.
  • Do not use any solutions past the expiry date, or 3 months after opening, or as indicated on the packaging.
  • Take a break from contact lenses at least once per week.
  • Cease contact lens wear when you are sick, or if eyes are red or sore.
woman wearing contact lenses

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Avoid triggers by making changes to your home and routine.

  • Keep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mould.
  • Wash your hands after petting any animal.
  • Avoid rubbing your eyes, which can irritate your eyes and make the condition worse
  • Ensure air-conditioning units are kept clean
  • Clean floors with a damp mop, rather than dry-dusting or sweeping.

Control some symptoms with over the counter medications. Click here for more information.

If you have any questions regarding your eye allergy, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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