The handy cheat to help combat hay fever eye and eye irritation www.eyelergy.co.uk
Hay fever is one of the UK’s most common allergic conditions, affecting around 10 million adults and children every year. Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen released from trees and plants, and common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and red itchy eyes. Although usually worse around freshly cut grass and during warm weather, this troublesome condition is not limited to fleeting summer days and can occur at any time when pollen levels are high – and in practice that means any time between spring and late autumn. Eyelergy not only helps to offer relief and protection from pollen but also from other airborne allergens commonly found in the home such as pet dander and dust mites. This versatile allergy protection helps to relieve eyes from irritation all year round.
Eyelergy eye drops are specially designed to combat the symptoms of hay fever eyes and eye irritation such as dry eye or irritation caused by dust and other airborne pollutants. The drops’ protective barrier gel technology rinses and shields the eyes from allergens and irritants such as pollen, mould, dust mites, pet dander, dust and airborne pollutants. Available in packs of 20 handy-sized single-dose droppers, Eyelergy eye drops are perfect for use on the go whenever required. What’s more, because each single-use dropper is sterile, the drops contain no preservative and so can also be used by contact lens wearers.
Why are our eyes particularly vulnerable to the effects of pollen? Unlike the nose and lungs, the eyes have no filtration devices (e.g. cilia or mucus) for expelling allergens. The main defence mechanism in the eye is the tear film, which provides a barrier function and dilutes and rinses away foreign bodies reaching the eye. Normally this rinsing process goes unnoticed. The problem with pollen and other allergens is that they cause an immune reaction which can disrupt the protective tear film. This then allows foreign bodies to reach the eyelid lining, causing even more irritation, thus leading to a spiralling vicious circle and over-production of tears. Eventually the eyes stream profusely with watery tears that afford little protection.
How does the gel barrier technology protect the eyes/does the gel barrier technology prevent irritants reaching the eye directly? Eyelergy’s gel formulation is activated by our normal blinking mechanism, and creates a protecting, lubricating and hydrating film over the surface of the eye. By blinking, the protective and lubricating effect of Eyelergy is maintained between applications by re-spreading the drops over the eye surface. This barrier works to stabilise the tear film, helping to restore the barrier and rinsing actions necessary to keep irritants and allergens out of harm’s way.
Why do eye drop formulas with preservatives lead to further irritation in contact lens wearers? Preservatives are essential in multidose formulas to prevent microbial contamination and spoilage of the drops once opened. Because Eyelergy is specially presented in sterile, single-dose droppers, this is not an issue and therefore the formula is preservative-free. This is important because preservatives too have the potential to cause eye irritation and sensitisation. Further, when used with contact lenses, these ingredients can accumulate in/under the lens, causing even more problems and sometimes even tissue damage. This explains why eye products containing preservatives are not recommended for long term use, or for use with contact lenses.
Is Eyelergy only suitable for those suffering from hay fever? Eyelergy is suitable for people suffering with hayfever eyes, allergy eyes of any type and with dry eye symptoms. Foreign bodies such as dust, pet dander, mould spores and pollen can all cause allergic irritation in the eye, and Eyelergy can provide effective relief from any of these. Eyelergy also helps to relieve dry eyes. Although the symptoms may not be the same for everyone, typically these include a sensation of having something in the eye and possibly some discomfort, itching, redness or inflammation. Paradoxically, dry eye sometimes involves excessively watery tears.
Who can use Eyelergy? Eyelergy is suitable for use by children from 6 years of age, adults, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Contact lens wearers can also use Eyelergy because it is preservative-free.
How regularly can Eyelergy be used? Eyelergy can be used as frequently as needed, whether for the relief of hayfever/allergy eyes or for dry eyes. Often this is around 3 or 4 times a day. It is advisable to consult a doctor, optician or pharmacist if symptoms continue for a long period of time or worsen