Suggestions to get some relief
Once you’re sure hay fever is the reason for your discomfort, there are a number of ways you can get some relief.
You can gently bathe your eyes regularly with cold water to wash off any pollen.
One simple thing you can try if you wear contact lenses, is to swap them for your glasses until your symptoms reduce, and talk to your optometrist, they can advise you on the best course of action for your individual needs.
Try using a cold compress to soothe your eyes – placing a clean damp cloth over your closed eyes can reduce itchiness and inflammation. Or use an ice pack covered with a clean cloth – but make sure it’s wrapped with a number of layers and isn’t too cold, or it could burn your sensitive eye skin. If starts to get too cold, take off for 30 seconds and put it on again, then repeat process.
To reduce the allergens you encounter in your home, keep your home as clean as possible, regularly dust and vacuum or mop your floors. Frequently changing your bedding can eliminate allergens, and keep your pets out of your bedroom may also help.
When you come inside after being outside, rinse your eyes with clean cool water to wash away allergens that may have come into contact with your eyes. Alternatively, wash face and eyelids and then use preservative free lubricants drops for your eyes.
Persistence and the right treatment from your optometrist can alleviate the discomfort caused by sore hay fever eyes.