With the Met Office warning that pollen levels will spike this weekend and Asthma UK predicting a ‘pollen bomb’, Specsavers optical teams are stepping up their advice to customers on how to handle hay fever.
The health awareness campaign includes press insertions, instore leaflets, digital, social media and training for colleagues. In store advice will also be given on daily disposable contact lenses, appropriate eye drops and glasses cleaners.
Specsavers clinical spokesperson, Dr Nigel Best says: ‘Most of us welcome the arrival of spring but the warmer weather often heralds the start of symptoms such as sneezing, headaches and itchy, red or watery eye for hay fever sufferers.
‘Hay fever sufferers who have an allergic reaction to pollen may experience red, itchy or watery eyes. As well as feeling uncomfortable, this can be additionally problematic for contact lens wearers who may notice the vision through their lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable.
‘However, 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 spring and summer months.’
‘There are also a number of anti-allergy eye drops available which can help ease your symptoms though, particularly if you are a contact lens wearer, you should discuss their use with your optician.’
Dr Best also recommends: ‘While it’s not always possible, staying inside when pollen count is high will help to avoid irritation or showering and changing your clothes when you get home will also help to remove pollen from skin and hair.’
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