Specsavers stores across Wales are giving advice on how hay fever sufferers can treat symptoms and care for their eyes during the hayfever season.
A particular nuisance
Hay fever affects 20% of the UK population and can be a particular nuisance to contact lens and glasses wearers, who develop itchy, sore eyes as pollen counts rise. Hay fever can also disturb sleep, affect concentration and cause people to miss school or work. Peak hay fever season runs from May to July, and students sitting exams during this time could find their symptoms knock their chances of doing their best.
Wyn James, chairman of Specsavers in Wales, said: ‘There are simple steps that can help sufferers beat their symptoms and be fully focused. Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually between 10.30am and 3.30pm. When outside, wraparound glasses or sunglasses can keep pollen out of your eyes. Some treatments take two or three weeks to be effective, so be proactive and start treatment a little before the season starts. ‘Importantly, don’t rub or scratch your eyes. While symptoms can be very frustrating, this will only increase the irritation.’