Why Contact Lenses and Allergies are Incompatible

As we enter fall, the allergens in the air seem to multiply in large numbers. For those who suffer from Seasonal Allergic Conjunctivitis (SAC), this is a period of time they wish they could fast forward through.

According to WebMD, the main culprit of fall allergies is ragweed, which is a yellow-flowering weed that releases pollen beginning in August and lasting until October. Another cause of Fall allergies is mold, which loves wet spots. A pile of damp fallen leaves is an ideal place for mold to grow. Dust mites that are released when the heater is turned on after months of inactivity also cause allergies.

Now there is going to be a lot of sneezing and wheezing but the eyes are also reacting to the allergens. You may experience watery eyes and your eyelids may become swollen. If you wear contact lenses, it may become almost unbearable.

The allergic symptoms are compounded for contact lens wearers as the contacts trap allergens against the cornea.  However, all is not lost for contact lens wearers who suffer from allergies as these symptoms can be overcome or at least diminished with LASIK. LASIK eliminates the use of contact lenses thus alleviating much of the eye related discomfort caused by allergies.

Time is running out to take advantage of our LASIK special. Through the end of September we are offering LASIK for $995 per eye. Visit Raleigh Eye Center online or call (919) 876-2427 to schedule a consultation today.