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Eye Related Symptoms Bring More Than Tears to Allergy Sufferers, New Survey Reveals
Date:5/28/2009

ised to learn that two out of three (66%) say they find it very uncomfortable to wear their contacts while suffering from eye allergy symptoms.

"Allergy sufferers who wear contact lenses that you use for two weeks or more may experience discomfort and symptoms such as ocular itching, tearing, and redness because allergens and other irritants can build up on contact lenses over time, he says. "This can lead to discomfort and interference with job performance, school, and sports activities."

For allergy sufferers who want to remain in contacts, Dr. Karpecki recommends single-use contact lenses - daily disposable lenses that you throw away at the end of the day.

"Studies have shown that single use contacts, such as 1-DAY ACUVUE(R) MOIST(R) can be a healthy and more comfortable option for any lens wearer with eye allergies," he explains. "By putting in a clean, fresh lens every day, one-day contacts minimize the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that can often accumulate with repeated use of the same pair of lenses."

Other major findings from the survey show:

  • Spring was identified by 67% of respondents as the most troublesome time of year for eye-related allergies. Over half (51%) say they experience eye allergy symptoms all year long. One-quarter of all respondents (26%) report Fall as the worst time for eye allergies
  • Half of women surveyed (52%) report that their eyes are so itchy as a result of their allergies that it causes them to rub their eyes and rub off makeup
  • About four in ten (39%) of allergy sufferers say they have consulted with an allergy specialist about their eye-related allergy symptoms. They also report consulting with their Family Practitioner (28%), Optometrist (28%), or Ophthalmologist (28%)

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