While the Specsavers stores in Sussex are currently only open for urgent and essential care, they are still here to help if you have a problem with your eyes, glasses or contact lenses – so if you need help then please give your local store a call.

The eye health experts are also here to help with five top tips on how you can manage your hay fever symptoms during lockdown…

Don’t rub your eyes

Try to avoid rubbing your eyes – even more so now as we’re advised not to touch our faces and maintain good hand hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak.

Think about changing your contact lenses

Hay fever sufferers who wear contact lenses may notice the vision through their lenses can appear smeary and eyes can generally feel uncomfortable which can be calmed down with contact lens-friendly eye drops. Those suffering with hay fever could also try daily disposable lenses during the summer months.

Protect your eyes

Wearing prescription glasses (particularly wraparound sunglasses) can prevent pollen from getting into your eyes.

Relieve your symptoms

Try putting a balm like Vaseline around the nose to trap pollen, and also try over-the-counter allergy relief if you need to.

Remove traces of pollen

Staying inside when the pollen count is high will also help to avoid irritation, and if you do go out, showering and changing your clothes when you get home will help to remove pollen from skin and hair.

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