Do you suffer from allergic conjunctivitis or any ocular symptoms caused by allergic rhinitis...tearing, redness, itchy eyes, etc.?
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America let me know that they are conducting a study in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson to learn more about those of us with itchy allergic eyes and our behaviors regarding those eyes.
Here's a link to the survey.
I took the survey: it’s quick and afterward you can download a certificate for a free trial-pair of contact lenses.
UPDATE: May 2009
Here's are the results of the study from a joint press release.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 28, 2009) -- Many allergy sufferers say symptoms such as itchy, dry, red and watery eyes leave them frustrated and irritable, tired, and distracted, according to a new survey conducted by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). About 40 percent of women allergy sufferers surveyed say their red and puffy eyes make them look tired and unattractive.
Among those who wear contact lenses, other problems arise. 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,” says Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs, AAFA, the leading patient advocacy organization for people with asthma and allergies. “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%).”
Other major findings from the survey show:
• 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%)
To help allergy sufferers better understand and manage the condition, AAFA offers a free educational brochure titled Eye Health & Allergies. The brochure, which also includes a free* trial certificate for by 1•DAY ACUVUE® MOIST®, can be viewed or downloaded at www.aafa.org/eyeallergies or www.acuvue.com/seasons.