Allergy Eyes

Oh my gosh, it’s only March and my allergies are killing me! I wear gas permeable (aka hard) contact lenses and by the end of the day I wish I could pop out my eyes along with the lenses and give them a nice wash in the sink.

I already take Zyrtec every night year-round for my allergies and I sometimes shake it up a bit and switch out with Allegra or Clariton just to keep the medication working. As for eyes, I’ve tried saline drops and also putting an ice pack on my face.

I did have a recommendation on my Instagram to try Zaditor, which is an eye drop antihistamine. I think I can use that after I take my contact lenses out at night, but I’m pretty sure I can’t use it on top of my lenses during the day.

So now I’d like to know, do you also have dry, swollen, ouchy allergy eyes? If so, what works for you??

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3 thoughts on “Allergy Eyes”

  1. If I get itchy eyes, allergy eyes, I put an ice pack on them. I have used eye drops, and they don’t last all day, you do have to put more in, put they do help. Cool cucumber slices calm them. My friend gets a prescription drop, and that is good. Sometimes, putting your eye in a glass of water (yes, still in your eye socket) can help. Especially if they are itchy.

    Good luck!Everyone I know has this problem.

  2. I wish I could remember what it is called, but there is a saline solution that is a little thicker…not quite a gel, but thicker than typical saline and is more lubricating. I put it in before my contacts and it helps to last a bit longer!

  3. I’m not currently wearing my contacts, but when I did the DO said it was fine to use the Zaditor drops 15 minutes prior to putting in the (soft) lenses. I found that helpful though did often wish I could use them again during the day. Instead I used the refresh single-use drops. They were recommended because they don’t have the frequently irritating preservatives. Fortunately, you get more than a single use from each little vial, probably three to four. Also, I’ve used different generic versions of the Zaditor and all worked well.

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