Contact lenses have come a long way since German ophthalmologist Adolph Fick was the first to successfully fit a pair (made from blown glass!) on a patient back in 1888. Nowadays, contact lenses provide a convenient alternative for eyeglass wearers year-round. Autumn brings with it a unique set of challenges if you wear contact lenses, so take these vision health tips into account so you can comfortably enjoy all of the natural beauty this special time of year has to offer.
How to protect your eyes
The same pollen, ragweed, and mold that irritates your eyes and causes seasonal allergies will inevitably accumulate on your contact lenses, even with regular cleaning. It’s important to protect your eyes against the sun with sunglasses when doing any outdoor activities to limit or avoid this build-up as much as possible while protecting your eyes from UV rays.
In rare cases, allergen build-up can cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye. Signs of bacterial eye infection include a pink sclera (the ‘whites’ of your eyes), swollen eyelids, and an abnormally high accumulation of gunk in the corners of your eyes or your eyelashes. See your eye doctor if you notice these symptoms so you can address them as soon as possible before they get any worse. You will likely be prescribed medicated eye drops, and may have to switch to wearing your glasses for a few days.
Allergies? Switch to dailies.
If you have seasonal ocular allergies, symptoms such as swollen, or itchy watery eyes can cause more eye rubbing, which can lead to infection. To prevent this, visit your eye doctor and ask whether switching to daily contact lenses might benefit you. This way, you won’t need to worry about long-term build-up.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your vision health, contact lenses, or how to address allergy-related eye irritation, don’t hesitate to visit an FYidoctors location. Your comfort matters to us, and our team is ready to help with your eye care needs.