Look And Feel Great This Spring, Despite Allergy Symptoms

Tue Apr 9, 2013 7:17am EDT

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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  /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

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 
Polly Blitzer.

Feel Your Best

* For 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."  
* Dr. 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.  
* Use 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 says.  
* Talk 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 problems.

Look Your Best

* "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."  
* Blitzer 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 dark
* To 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."  
* Blitzer 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-DAYACUVUE®  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. Epidemiology of allergic conjunctivitis.  Curr Opin
Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011: Oct; 11(5): 471-6.

SOURCE  VISTAKON(R), Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Gary Esterow, VISTAKON Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., (904)
629-6232, Gester1@its.jnj.com, or Kristen Pessalano, INK & ROSES, (212)
218-1472, kristen@inkandroses.com

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