With LASIK, Relief is in Sight for Seasonal Allergy SufferersAuthor: Dr. William Tullo
July 18, 2013
It’s that time of year again: Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and spring is in the air. Unfortunately for seasonal allergy sufferers, so is pollen.
If you tear up just thinking about enduring yet another spring with irritated eyes and cloudy contact lenses to boot, take heart: Laser eye surgery, such as LASIK, can offer the allergy relief you’ve been seeking.
One in 10 Americans suffers from seasonal allergies, and the most common symptoms—congestion, sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes—are more than just annoying. They can interfere with your ability to pursue outdoor hobbies, exercise and even spend time with family and friends.
Scratchy, burning or watering eyes rank among the most irritating seasonal allergy woes, and the use of contact lenses may worsen these symptoms. The good news is LASIK can free you from the added pain of putting up with pollen-trapping lenses by reshaping your eye to reduce or eliminate the need for eye glasses or contacts.
Imagine seeing the beauty of the seasons, crisply, clearly and through refreshed eyes. LASIK can make this vision a reality.
Don’t suffer allergies in silence
Seasonal allergies don’t end with springtime, so don’t put off seeing your eye doctor in hope that your symptoms will improve with the changing seasons. Summer signals the arrival of grass pollen, and when the leaves start to turn, ragweed can wreak havoc on eyes from coast to coast.
If eye discomfort from seasonal allergies is coming between you and the activities you enjoy, it’s time to ditch the contacts and ask your eye doctor if corrective laser eye surgery is right for you. See for yourself the difference LASIK eye surgery can make in your quality of life this allergy season.
It is important your eye doctor rules out other causes of eye irritation, such as infection. She also might recommend allergy medication or refer you to an allergy specialist, who can administer immunotherapy treatment or allergy shots.
Take the sting out of seasonal allergies
After you've scheduled an initial appointment with your eye doctor, the following tips may temporarily ease the symptoms of seasonal eye allergies while you await your LASIK procedure:
Check your local pollen-count report and limit time outdoors on high-pollen-count days.
Protect eyes from pesky particles with close-fitting sunglasses.
On high-pollen-count days, close windows, including car windows.
Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your home or office to reduce pollen and dust.
Flush irritating matter from eyes with artificial tears.
- Apply a cold compress to eyes to relieve itching.
With spring making an early appearance in many parts of the country, experts predict 2013 will be another record year for high pollen counts. Don’t wait until the peak of allergy season to talk to your eye doctor about LASIK. Educate yourself today about laser eye surgery and other treatments for eye allergy, so you can enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle from spring to fall. Your eyes will thank you.