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College of Optometrists issues advice for hay fever suffers as soaring temperatures continue

• Avoid your exposure to pollen, by closing windows and keeping surfaces clear with a damp duster.
• Wear sunglasses when outside, which may help to protect your eyes from dust and pollen.
• Visit your optometrist or pharmacist for advice and to get medicated eye drops to help alleviate itching and swelling.
• If you wear contact lenses, remember to check if you can use the drops when you are wearing your lenses. When the pollen count is very high, it can be more comfortable to wear spectacles rather than contact lenses. You may also feel more comfortable by avoiding wearing contact lenses when you are gardening, particularly when mowing the lawn, as grass particles and pollen may become stuck behind the lens and cause discomfort.
• If your eyes become dry, seek professional advice from your optometrist, pharmacist or GP. They may prescribe lubricating eye drops to ease the dryness....continue reading