By Steve Roberts
Contact lenses for hay fever which are only worn while sleeping could be the perfect solution for short-sighted sufferers now that the mild winter has meant that pollen levels are rising even earlier than usual this year. Birch tree pollen is the first pollen to appear in the hay fever season and this year's birch season has started two weeks early causing sneezing, itchy eyes and running nose to the 25 per cent of hay fever sufferers who are allergic to birch tree pollen. When it comes to hay fever, the UK and Belgium are the two worst affected countries in Europe, with around 27 per cent of British people affected by this unpleasant allergy.
For daytime contact lens wearers, the hay fever season can be a really miserable time since pollen gets behind the lenses and the consequent irritation leads to very uncomfortable eyes - often requiring that daytime contact lenses are replaced by glasses until the season comes to an end. For fashion-conscious sufferers - or those who are keen sports participants - the need to resort to glasses is typically done with the greatest reluctance. This is where the new overnight ortho-k corrective contact lenses for hay fever represent a major breakthrough. The lenses gently flatten the surface of the eye during sleep thereby ensuring that light focuses directly on the retina at the back of the eye rather than in front of it.
The correction lasts for over 24 hours so when the lenses are removed in the morning, the wearer then enjoys perfect natural vision all day long until the lenses are reinserted at night. Given that the UK appears to have much more potent grass pollen than anywhere else in Europe, the worst affected hay fever sufferers may struggle with the uncomfortable symptoms of this debilitating allergy for as much as five to six months of the year. And with air pollution making the proteins in pollen more potent as well as slowing down the cleaning of mucus and pollen from the nose, the symptoms can be exacerbated which is why daytime contact lenses often have to be discarded. But now with the new contact lenses for hay fever , short-sighted sufferers no longer need to resort to glasses when the hay fever season strikes.
Check if you are suitable for overnight ortho-k corrective contact lenses for hay fever.