With a mini-heatwave set to hit Ireland next week, most of us are longing for days of endless sunshine after a week of wet and cold days. One downside of those long, hot summer evenings, however, is the increased threat of hay fever.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen and is usually worse in the summer months, with one in five of the Irish population affected each year. As well as sneezing and a blocked or runny nose, hay fever can also cause red, itchy or watery eyes, which can be particularly problematic for contact lens wearers.
Kerril Hickey, Chairperson at Specsavers Ireland, says: ‘Hay fever sufferers who wear contact lenses may notice the vision through their lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable. There are some things contact lens wearers can try to help reduce the irritation. Contact lens-friendly eye drops can help to calm down any itchiness and wearing prescription glasses (particularly wraparound sunglasses) can prevent pollen from getting into your eyes. Those suffering with hay fever could also try daily disposable lenses during the summer months.’