Good News for Allergy Sufferers and Their Contact Lenses

By Heather Legg

For many people, spring is the worst time of the year for allergic rhinitis and it hits hard in the nose, the eyes, the head and more. For those of you that wear contact lenses on top of dealing with allergies, it can be challenging. Eye allergies are just as uncomfortable as any other part affected by allergies and by adding contacts which can often provide their own discomfort, it makes it even more uncomfortable.

However, according to most doctors as stated in a recent article on the PR Newswire, “with the optimum choice of lenses and wearing schedule and, when necessary, appropriate prescribed medication, any allergy sufferer should be able to wear contact lenses, even through the worst allergy season.”

This is good news because spring not only brings allergies, but also a lot of social events and outdoor activities where you may not want to be stuck in your glasses or constantly putting drops in your eyes.

A good solution is single use contact lenses, reports Cordell Adams, M.D., an Ophthalmologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. “Single use contacts minimize the exposure to allergens and irritants that can often accumulate with repeated use of the same pair of lenses,” adds Dr. Adams. “Single use lenses are convenient for people with allergies because they get a clean, fresh lens every day. They also reduce exposure to chemical disinfectants and preservatives in some contact lens care systems which can affect the ocular surface of the eye when it is in an allergic state.”

If you are interested in trying single use contacts, Vistakon, Division, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is offering a free trial-pair certificate for 1-DAY ACUVUE(R) MOIST Brand Contact Lenses. Two out of three patients suffering from eye allergies have found relief after trying these lenses, according to the above article.

For information on the free trial, visit www.acuvue.com for more information. You can receive a certificate for the free pair. You still will need to see your eye care professional, as these are prescription only, and the fees of the exam and visit are not included. You can also find more valuable information on the use of contact lenses on this site.

I am a part time contact lens wearer and I know how uncomfortable they can be by the end of the day, especially when the pollen count is high. The 1-Day Moist contact lenses have definitely caught my eye (no pun intended) and I think I may give this offer a try myself!

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