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Calgary, AB Relief for Autumn Eye Allergies


As the end of summer approaches, many individuals start to experience symptoms of seasonal eye allergies such as hay fever. In addition to nasal symptoms such as sneezing and congestion, symptoms that affect the eyes can be the greatest sources of discomfort.

Ocular allergy symptoms include tearing, itching, swelling and burning. Often vision becomes blurry or eyes become sensitive to light. These effects can make it so uncomfortable for those suffering that they interfere with work, school, sports and leisure activities.

Allergic reactions occur when a person comes into contact with an allergen he or she is sensitive to causing the immune system to release histamines to fight the allergen. This hypersensitive immune response results in the symptoms we all know such as sneezing, couching and congestion as well as those related to the eyes.

If you wear contact lenses, eye allergies can often be worse since contacts can often attract allergens. In addition, when our eyes itch, our first reaction is usually to rub them which can result in even more discomfort for contact wearers. until the season ends. If you wear contacts and experience eye allergies, it could help you to try a different brand of contacts, particularly if you don't use daily disposables which minimize the potential for allergen accumulation. You don't have to suffer from your contacts - schedule an appointment at our Calgary, AB optometry practice to discuss your options.

For anyone suffering here are some tips to reduce exposure and symptoms of autumn eye allergies:

  • Stay indoors during the middle of the day and early evening when the pollen count is highest.
  • Wear large sunglasses to block the pollen from entering your eyes.
  • Clean carpets and draperies frequently to remove pollen that has entered the house.
  • Clean floors with a damp mop instead of sweeping which tends to stir up rather than get rid of allergens.
  • Apply chilled artificial tears or use cool compresses for soothing irritation.
  • Shower each night to wash off any allergens you may have collected throughout the day.

While over the counter medications and eye drops can sometimes help relieve symptoms, you may need something stronger. If this is the case, make an appointment with your optometrist now to discuss your options and begin effective treatment. Our Calgary, AB eye care office is here to assist your eyes feel their best despite allergy season!

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan