Spring is coming and as all those beautiful trees and flowers bloom, so to do the allergy symptoms for many Triangle area residents. Eye allergies are one of the most common disorders of the eye, affecting approximately 40 million Americans. The vast majority (90%) of allergy cases reported are seasonal, wreaking havoc most often during the spring and fall.
Contact lens wearers know all too well how frustrating it can be to have allergies and wear contacts. A survey revealed that 54% of contact lens wearers who experience eye related allergies, find it very uncomfortable to wear contact lenses while suffering from their allergies. Itchy, red, tearing eyes are not conducive to wearing lenses. Allergens such as dust and pollen adhere to the surfaces of contacts, creating constant exposure to the allergen. This has caused many to abandon their contact lens wear and switch to glasses until after the allergy season passes. Another option is to undergo laser vision correction.
For many, wearing glasses when allergic symptoms are at their peak is not an ideal solution. Active lifestyles can make wearing glasses difficult.
LASIK can provide the solution contact lens wearers need. While LASIK will not make allergies go away, eliminating contact lenses removes the barrier that can keep trapped allergens on the eye. This can help alleviate some of the additional discomfort caused by the contacts. LASIK can also eliminate the increased risk for eye infections caused by wearing contact lenses.