Eye allergies: advising your clients
Allergy season has been on for a while now, and many people will suffer from it all summer long. While most of them are more of an annoyance than a serious health problem, they are not to be taken lightly. We give you some ideas to help clients who suffer from eye allergies.
Eye allergies: causes and symptoms
Seasonal allergies are the consequence of the movement of allergens such as pollen from herbaceous plants or trees, molds, mites … In spring, these allergens are very present and their volatility is high. reinforced by the size of the plants and the winds. it is also easier to come into contact with them, because of the spring sun which makes you want to step outside.
When allergens come into contact with our body, this the latter may regard them as foreign particles . Eye allergies occur because our immune system fights against these generally harmless substances which the body is very suspicious of.
Allergens attach themselves to histamine- laden mast cells . Our immune system then releases large amounts of histamine to fight against this presence. This is how the body reacts with so-called 'excessive' reactions, of which allergic conjunctivitis is a part.
As the symptoms are a reaction, they are often the same, although the cause is different. The nose starts to run, one sneezes and one suffers itching nasal like eyes with strong presence of tears.
Side eye allergies , the symptoms are as follows:
- Red eyes
- Difficult vision
- Inflammation of the eyelid
- Burning sensation
- Eye strain
Advice to pass on
Unfortunately, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of seasonal allergies. But there are some tips to pass on to clients / patients, especially in relation to the visual device they wear.
The first tip is of course to determine which allergen causes complications and to stay away from them as much as possible. Easier said than done!
This is certainly the most difficult for contact lens wearers. In case of contact with the allergen, advise your clients to remove their lenses and to prefer the wearing of glasses. Recommend an eye wash using a specialized product or, if necessary, to put a few moisturizing drops in the eyes.
Daily lenses also help reduce discomfort. During the allergy season, they can be prescribed as a replacement for monthly lenses.
For all people suffering from eye allergies and in particular from allergic conjunctivitis, use eye drops in over-the-counter can be effective. Advise to put them in the refrigerator, it will amplify the relieving effect.
You can also advise grandmother's remedies to relieve red eyes and itching . Applying compresses based on symptoms may be effective. We recommend liquorice compresses for the itching, chamomile compresses for red eyes, and a mallow poultice for the tingling.
Of course, if a client cannot provide relief. symptoms and pain due to eye allergies, strongly advise him to go to his doctor.