When allergy season strikes, it brings an abundance of symptoms to those who suffer, including itchy and watery eyes. 22 million Americans endure seasonal allergies and is something you can and should be discussing with your patients. This is especially true for those who are contact wearers, since contacts can add even more to their irritation.
When the seasons change and allergies are at a high, it is the perfect opportunity for you to check in with your patients and make recommendations to help combat their symptoms. Take a look at a couple ways you can take advantage of the changing seasons and provide your patients with the best care.
Recommend They Take a Break from Contacts
Everyone needs a break sometimes, and this may be especially true for allergy sufferers who wear contacts. Each of your patients who wears contacts has at least one pair of back-up glasses, but might not get much use out of them. When allergy symptoms arise, it can be helpful for them to take a break from their contacts to experience some relief from watery, itchy eyes.
Make Sure Their Prescription is Up-to-Date
Once you recommend they take a break from their contacts, it’s time to make sure their prescription is up-to-date. In fact, this may be an easy transition into having this conversation with your patients. Even avid contact wearers should have an up-to-date pair of prescription glasses. For allergy sufferers, this might be the perfect motivator for them to upgrade to newer lens technologies such as Trivex material. It could also be a good time for you to suggest having more than one pair of back-up glasses. There are many reasons why a patient might want or need more than one pair of eyewear, but this is especially true of someone who is switching from mainly wearing contacts to wearing his or her glasses instead.
Lifestyle is one of the most important factors to consider when making recommendations to your patients. If your patient is an allergy sufferer and a contact wearer, it’s time to discuss taking a break and getting their glasses up-to-date. What other advice do you give to patients with allergies? Let us know your favorite tips and tricks.