About eye allergy sufferers: A survey report of AAFA

A new survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to help allergy sufferers better understand and manage the condition.

Major findings:

* 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%)

Frustration and irritation

Almost all allergy sufferers say symptoms such as itchy, dry, red and watery eyes leave them frustrated and irritable, tired, and distracted

Tired and unattractive looks
About 40 percent of women allergy sufferers surveyed say their red and puffy eyes make them look tired and unattractive.

Eye allergy and contact lens wearer

When their allergies act up, half (50%) say they switch to glasses, while 45 percent report that they wear their contacts less often. For some, not being able to wear their contacts affects how they feel about themselves and impacts their performance at work, school, and when playing sports.

Having to stop wearing their contacts or wear them less frequently creates a wide range of emotions among allergy sufferers

Contact lens wearers say they feel less attractive when wearing their glasses (37%), unhappy (35%), less confident without their contacts (29%), and less able to perform activities as well as when they are wearing their contact lenses (26%).

More than 800 people responded to the online survey about eyes and allergies, conducted by AAFA, and supported by 1-DAY ACUVUE(R) MOIST(R) Brand Contact Lenses. One-third (33%) identified themselves as contact lens wearers, while 12 percent admit to having dropped out of contacts because of allergies.

The majority of contact lens wearing respondents report that they replace their lenses monthly (45%) or every one to two weeks (38%). Paul Karpecki, O.D., F.A.A.O., Clinical Director, Kofler Vision Group, Lexington, Kentucky says he is not surprised to learn that two out of three (66%) say they find it very uncomfortable to wear their contacts while suffering from eye allergy symptoms.

According to expert, all allergy sufferers who want to remain in contact lens, should try daily disposable lenses that they can 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.

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.

For further understanding and help AAFA offers a free educational brochure titled Eye Health & Allergies. The brochure, which also includes a free* trial certificate for by 1-DAY ACUVUE(R) MOIST(R), can be viewed or downloaded at www.aafa.org/eyeallergies or www.acuvue.com/seasons.

Source: PRNewswire

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