This is continued from How To Get Rid of Allergies (Part One: Acupuncture).
If you wear contact lenses, you know allergy season can be a pain. Your eyes have probably itched and turned red.
I visited my ophthalmologist recently and she looked at my eyes and said they were very damaged. Here’s what she recommended for my allergies:
- Don’t rub your eyes. I know I sound like your mom, but she said that’s terrible for your eyes and will only make them itch. Even worse, it could cause you to scratch your eyes. A scratched eye can easily get infected and cause you to get pink eye. Rubbing your eyes also can cause you to get a stye (which I got a days after rubbing my eyes).
- Wear glasses. I don’t like wearing glasses and the ones I had were a little outdated. I also don’t like how expensive glasses are. I recommend checking out Warby Parker for great glasses and a great cause. I recently ordered a pair and they are great.
- Switch to daily contacts. This is huge. I used to wear contacts that were supposed to be replaced every 2 weeks. But as anyone that has 2 week-replaceable contacts knows, you never replace them when you’re supposed to. Because of that, allergens can stick to your eye and cause it to be irritated. I switched to daily contacts and have never had an issue.
Daily contacts are more expensive, but I just ordered contacts from Daysoft Contact Lenses out of the UK. They are MUCH cheaper than any other daily contacts, but I find them to be a little less comfortable than my usual Acuvue 1-Day Moist Lenses.
Here’s what I tried that did not work:
- The Neti Pot. I tried this with very little success.
- Traditional allergy medication like Zyrtec and Claritin. If there is a changing season, I’ll take Zyrtec for a couple of days, but after that it didn’t work at all for me – since my allergies were so severe. If you have very mild allergies, that might be all you need.
- Going to the doctor for steroids and antibiotics. It will help in the short-term, but you’ll be worse off in the long run.
- Local Honey. I tried it, it didn’t work for me.