Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Allergens can cause many symptoms such as itchy and dry eyes, as well as eye strain. Allergy periods can be even more difficult to overcome if you wear contact lenses. As pollen adheres to the surface of the lenses, your eyes are in direct contact with allergens, compared to people who do not wear them. Here are some tips to make wearing contact lenses more pleasant during allergy seasons.

Clean Your Contact Lenses More Often
It is always important to clean your lenses, and it is even more critical during periods when allergens are high.  When you wear your lenses, the deposits caused by secretions tend to accumulate on them. Due to this, the lenses get dirty faster in the presence of allergens. They must be cleaned more often during this period.

Wear 1-Day Lenses
Contact lenses for daily use do not require maintenance and cleaning: they should simply be discarded at the end of the day. Deposits and allergens will not have time to accumulate. Using a new pair of lenses every day helps you make sure that they are always clean and free of allergens. The use of lubricating drops during the day can help refresh them to soothe any symptoms.

Use Allergy Eye Drops
One of the first symptoms of seasonal allergies is dry eyes. Artificial tears can help relieve dry eyes. They are worth trying even if you do not wear contact lenses. Some eye drops are specifically designed to help overcome the symptoms of allergies. They reduce the amount of histamines, which are produced by the body in response to allergies. Apply the drops after removing your contact lenses. If you need to apply them before, wait ten minutes before putting your lenses back. To find out what type of drops is best for you, talk to your optometrist.

Limit Your Time Spent Outdoors
By spending less time outdoors, you will avoid being in contact with allergens. Since pollen can also accumulate in your home and car, keep windows closed as much as possible. Regularly cleaning your home during allergy season can also help reduce your symptoms.

Wear Your Glasses
If after following the above advice your allergies still make you suffer, it is best to wear your glasses when pollens level is high. Some people with severe allergy symptoms should avoid wearing contact lenses as much as possible during these times. In this case, the lenses may be reserved for certain activities when wearing glasses are cumbersome, such as running or cycling.

With good practice, it is possible to wear contact lenses even during peak allergy season. However, if your symptoms persist or worsen, consult your optometrist. An examination of your eyes under the microscope will allow you to observe the tissues, to determine if you have allergies or an infection.