Look And Feel Great This Spring, Despite Allergy Symptoms
Ocular Surface Specialist Paul Karpecki, O.D. and Beauty Expert Polly Blitzer
Offer Advice on How to Look and Feel Your Best This Allergy Season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 9, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --During allergy season, many
women find themselves reaching for tissues and wondering why they even
bothered putting on eye makeup in the morning.
According to nationally-recognized beauty expert Polly Blitzer, women often
report that eye allergy symptoms like red, puffy eyes make them look exhausted
or like they have been crying. Itchy eyes can also lead to frequent rubbing of
the eyes, which can cause makeup to smudge. "As a result, many women say they
feel tired and unattractive during allergy season. That's at least three
months per year of potential misery!" says Blitzer. "Additionally, many
contact lens wearers with eye allergies say that their allergy symptoms make
them feel 'uncomfortable' when wearing their contacts and cause disruption to
their beauty routines."
Noted educator, author and optometrist Dr. Paul Karpecki agrees. "Allergy
season is particularly challenging for some contact lens wearers because
allergens and other irritants can build up on contacts over time, leading to
discomfort and symptoms such as itching, tearing and redness," he adds.
While approximately one in three individuals is affected by seasonal eye
allergies[i], allergy season doesn't necessarily mean that your beauty routine
needs to get ugly. To help you look and feel in "full bloom" (even when the
pollen is as well), try these health and beauty tips from Dr. Karpecki and
Feel Your Best
oFor allergy sufferers who want to wear or remain in contacts, Dr. Karpecki
recommends daily disposable lenses such as 1-DAY ACUVUE^® MOIST^® Brand
Contact Lenses.** "Studies have shown that daily disposable contacts can
be a healthy and more comfortable option for many people, including those
with eye allergies," he says. "Putting in a clean, fresh lens every day
minimizes the potential for accumulation of allergens and irritants that
can often build up with repeated use of the same pair of lenses."
oDr. Karpecki also recommends being cautious with allergy pills that claim
to ease allergy symptoms. "Quite frequently, allergy medication can dry
the eyes. If you must take an allergy pill, I generally recommend you take
it at night so the drying effect is not as dramatic. Talk to your doctor
about what medication(s) are best for you," he says.
oUse transient-preserved or preservative-free artificial tears. "People who
suffer from eye allergy symptoms may also find that the preservatives in
artificial tears can cause discomfort," says Karpecki. He also recommends
using allergy drops, which are prescribed by a doctor. "I tell my patients
to put the drops in each eye in the morning before inserting contact
lenses and then put a drop in at night after they remove their lenses," he
oTalk to your Eye Care Professional about any questions or concerns you
have regarding eye health or the proper wear and care of your contact
lenses. He or she can work with you to determine the appropriate lens and
replacement frequency for you, as well as other solutions to eye related
Look Your Best
o"Put in your contact lenses before applying any makeup," says Blitzer.
"This will help prevent makeup residue from getting on your lenses, so
you'll avoid eye irritation from makeup particles."
oBlitzer also suggests using a cold compress to ease redness, puffiness and
dark circles – but better yet, try cold sliced fresh potatoes underneath
your eyes -- the enzyme catecholase (or catechol oxidase) helps diminish
oTo offset bloodshot eyes, Blitzer recommends using bluish eyeliner on your
inner rims. "Cobalt and emerald eye liner were everywhere at the spring
2013 runway shows, such as Christian Dior and Anna Sui," she says. "You
can also use light, shimmery champagne-colored shadow -- instead of dark
smoky eye makeup -- to draw in light and brighten your eyes."
oBlitzer recommends relying on waterproof formulas for mascara and
eyeliner, as allergy-sufferers are often prone to watery, teary eyes,
which can cause the "raccoon" effect. In case you are tearing up, an
oil-absorbing sheet can be used to blot into lower lashes, and remove
hints of oil and waxiness.
To help allergy sufferers better understand and manage their condition, the
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) offers a free educational
brochure titled "Eye Health and Allergies." The brochure, which also includes
smart allergy season strategies for contact lens wearers, can be viewed or
downloaded at www.aafa.org/eyeallergies. The brochure, along with a free
trial-pair certificate* for 1-DAY ACUVUE^® MOIST^® Brand Contact Lenses is
also available at www.acuvue.com/seasons.
*Professional exam and fitting fees not included
Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE^® Brand Contact Lenses
are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care
professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although
rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help
avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens
care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if
you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing,
vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions
occurs, contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper
wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional and ask for a
Patient Instruction Guide, call 1-800-843-2020 or visit www.Acuvue.com.
**Clinical research has shown when worn on a daily disposable basis, 1-DAY
ACUVUE^® Brand Contact Lenses and other daily disposable etafilcon A contact
lenses such as 1-DAY ACUVUE^® MOIST^® Brand Contact Lenses and 1-DAY ACUVUE^®
MOIST^® Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM may provide improved comfort for
many patients suffering from mild discomfort and/or itching associated with
allergies during contact lens wear compared to lenses replaced at intervals of
greater than 2 weeks.
ACUVUE^®, 1-DAY ACUVUE^® MOIST^®, and VISTAKON^® are trademarks of Johnson &
Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Dr. Paul Karpecki and Polly Blitzer are paid consultants for VISTAKON^®
Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
[i] Rosario N, Bielory L. Epidemiologyofallergic conjunctivitis. Curr Opin
Allergy Clin Immunol.2011: Oct; 11(5): 471-6.
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