Eye allergies can present themselves without any other fall allergy symptoms other than itchy, watery, irritated eyes. Another sign of fall allergies could be that your contacts feel loser or dry out. Make sure you are properly cleaning your contact lenses and following your wearing schedule. Wearing eyeglasses instead of contacts can give your eyes a break and reduce irritability.
Here are some general tips to help if your allergies are out of control this year:
– Stay indoors with windows and doors closed when pollen is at its peak
– Before you turn on your heat for the first time, clean your heating vents and change the filter. Bits of mold and other allergens can get trapped in the vents over the summer and will fill the air as soon as you start the furnace.
– Use a HEPA filter in your heating system to remove pollen, mold and other particles from the air.
– Use a humidifier if you need to, to keep your air at between 35% to 50% humidity.
– Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you do not breathe in mold spores.
If you think you might have fall allergies it is best to see your primary care or eye doctor so they can diagnose your symptoms.