There’s more than one way of dealing with hay fever while wearing contact lenses.
People who don’t have a problem with hay fever can think it’s a bit of a joke, but it’s really not funny if you’re dealing with hay fever WHILE wearing contact lenses.
Even the best coloured contacts can seem to make things worse.
You’ll hear truly awful stories of how hay fever affects the eyes and makes wearing contacts tricky. You’ll also hear people trying to make fun of the whole thing in the lamest ways, like;
- Hay fever is nothing to sneeze at
- What is wrong if a horse has a temperature? It has Hay fever
- Don’t cry your eyes out about hay fever – it’ll be back next year
- Q: Your eyes are red and you’re sneezing. Do you have hay fever?
A: No – I’m allergic to morons
Like those four failed attempts at getting a laugh, dealing with hay fever while wearing contact lenses doesn’t have to take the fun out of life.
Getting contact ready in hay fever season
You can wear your favourite coloured contacts and still deal with whatever problems come your way with hay fever.
First up, hay fever is basically an allergic reaction to stuff like pollen being trapped in your nose.
Your nose works as a filter. It has tiny hairs and mucus in the passages that trap dust, pollens and other tiny particles. Hay fever is when you have an allergic reaction to some of that trapped stuff in your nose, especially pollen.
The reaction is your immune system launching an ‘attack’ on a harmless substance as if it’s dangerous. The inside of your nostrils get inflamed and it’s hello runny nose and red eyes.
Now, red and itchy or weepy eyes when you’re wearing contact lenses is the pits. It sucks big time.
There are a few key things you can do to help in dealing with hay fever while wearing contact lenses and they’re not going to cost you truckloads.
Help for wearing contacts in times of hay fever
There are some handy ways you can help yourself when you wear contacts or coloured lenses and you have to deal with hay fever. They go like this;
- Stop the dry eyes – Keep your eyes moist with eye drops. The more often you use them, the more chance of keeping allergy causing stuff from sticking to your contact lenses.
- Keep your lenses clean – Hello! If you make sure your lenses are as clean as possible, you’re keeping them allergen-free. It’s not rocket salad!
- Try daily lenses - Daily disposables can help deal with the symptoms of dry eyes and do wonders for allergies. When you are changing your lenses every day (there’s a bit of a hint in the name ‘daily’), you’re getting rid of all the crapola that sticks to your lenses, especially the stuff that can cause allergies.
- Chill out in your lenses – there’s a cool way to treat hay feverish eyes and that’s by cooling your eye drops in the fridge. Keep your contact lens drops or ‘artificial tears’ chilled and every three or four hours or so, grab the bottle and pop in a drop in each eye. It’s a little trick that helps big time with irritated eyes.
You can still enjoy wearing your coloured contacts and the great looks you can get without fretting all the time that you are going to get hit too hard with the hay fever problems.
Telling hay fever, take a hike!
Just because you wear contact lenses or coloured contacts doesn’t mean that you have to avoid wearing them. Dealing with hay fever while wearing contact lenses is not as hard as you think.
There are other things to think of when it comes to hay fever even if you’re not wearing contact lenses.
You can do quite a few things to keep yourself out of harm’s way, like;
- avoid being outdoors on high pollen days and thunderstorms during grass pollen season, especially the winds that blow before the storm hits
- avoid doing things outdoors and getting exposed to pollen, such as mowing grass
- shower after outdoor activities where exposure to pollen is high (you should anyway Stinky)
- switch to re-circulated air in the car when pollen levels are high
- wear your sunglasses (cuts down on the amount of pollen that gets into eyes)
- dry any clothes or bedding inside or in a tumble dryer
Yes, allergies and hay fever are not fun at all but with a bit of preparation and staying outside when the pollen count is high can help a heap.
The warmer months are there to be enjoyed though. You can find out more on ‘Summer Contact Lens Considerations That Can Work Wonders’ here.
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