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Don't let allergies get you down

By Jackie O'Neal

Most medical texts describe an allergy as an inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a certain substance that normally is not supposed to be harmful. There are a myriad of allergic reactions form nasal congestion to rashes.  When the immune system incorrectly identifies a non-toxic substance, allergic reactions can result. Symptoms related to eye allergies are the most uncomfortable.

With allergy season on the horizon and in some cases, in full swing- contact lens wearers will be seeking relief.  I recommend that readers access information from the Asthma and Allergy foundation of America (AAFA), and have included to some valuable tips drawn from their material.

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from the miseries of allergies, with allergic reactions involving the eyes a common complaint.  For many, symptoms of eye allergies can be so uncomfortable and irritating that they interfere with job performance, impede leisure-time and sports activities, and curtail vacations.

“Approximately four percent of allergy sufferers experience eye allergies as their primary allergy, often caused by many of the same triggers as indoor/outdoor allergies such as pollen, mold, or pet dander,” says Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs, AAFA.  “This brochure offers useful information on how eye allergies occur, common signs and symptoms, and practical advice on how to treat and prevent eye allergies.”

The brochure, supported by 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Brand Contact Lenses, also includes smart allergy season strategies for the nation’s 40 million contact lens wearers, a group for whom eye allergies can cause unique problems.  

“Allergy sufferers who wear contact lenses that you use for two weeks or more may experience discomfort and symptoms such as ocular itching, tearing, and redness, because allergens and other irritants can build up on the lenses over time, explains New York-based Optometrist Susan Resnick, O.D., F.A.A.O. “Chemical disinfectants and preservatives used in some contact lens care systems also can cause ocular distress.”

To help minimize these symptoms, contact lens wearers can limit their wearing time during allergy season, but Dr. Resnick says there is no need to discontinue contact lens wear during the allergy season.

“Studies have shown that single use contacts – daily disposable lenses that you throw away at the end of the day - can be a healthy and more comfortable option for many people with eye allergies,” she notes. “By putting in a clean, fresh lens every day, one-day contacts minimize the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that can often accumulate with repeated use of the same pair of lenses.”

In a three-year study comparing the clinical performance of daily disposables (1•DAY ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses) with that of conventional daily-wear lenses, single-use lens wearers reported fewer symptoms of redness, cloudy vision, and grittiness; at the same time, they reported better vision and overall satisfaction, and had fewer lens surface deposits, complications, or unscheduled doctor’s visits.

To help allergy sufferers who would like to start wearing or continue wearing contact lenses, the brochure, along with a free trial-pair certificate* for 1•day acuvue® MOIST®  Brand Contact Lenses, is also available at Acuvue 

“When worn on a daily disposable basis, 1•day acuvue MOIST may provide improved comfort for two out of three patients suffering from mild discomfort associated with allergies during contact lens wear compared with those wearing two-week lenses,” says Dr. Resnick.

1•DAY ACUVUE MOIST Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for individual patients. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop. To help avoid these problems, patients should follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens-care instructions provided by their eye doctor. Individuals should not wear lenses if they have an eye infection or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness, or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, they should contact their eye doctor immediately.

  For further information, talk to your eye care professional or call 1-800-843-2020 or visit ““:htpp//

Jackie O' Neal is a contributing writer for Fabulously40.

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