An estimated one in three people in the UK experience seasonal allergies in their lifetime, according to research carried out by allergyuk.org. With allergy season upon us, contact lens company Johnson & Johnson has produced a new educational leaflet which aims to support contact lens wearers who suffer from eye allergies.
There are four million contact lens wearers across the UK. Research has found that those who experience eye allergies have a higher incidence of contact lens discomfort, while symptoms can be so troublesome that it interferes with sports activities, leisure time, school performance and workplace productivity.
J&J has launched the patient leaflet to coincide with Allergy Awareness Week, which takes place from April 22-28. It contains information on reducing the chance of developing problems that could affect a person’s vision and the health of their eyes, as well as how to relieve allergy symptoms such as swelling and discomfort.
Director of professional affairs at J&J, Marcella McParland, said: “The good news is that there are steps practitioners can take to start new contact lens patients off with a happy first-lens experience while also minimising the number of allergy-related contact lens dropouts from current contact lens wearers in your practice.”
She added: “Putting in a clean, fresh lens every day minimises the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that can often build up with repeated use of the same pair of lenses.”
The guide can be accessed at www.acuvue.co.uk/allergy-guide
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