Combatting hay fever symptoms – our top tips

Getting outside in spring and summer amongst the greenery is undoubtedly beneficial, but for many, it’s not a walk in the park. Hay fever is thought to affect nearly 50% of the UK population, so if you suffer from this condition, you’re not alone. Read on to learn more about The Big Opticians’ favourite products to help make the season more tolerable.

What is hay fever?

hay fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to the pollen in the air. The main pollen sources are grass, weeds, and trees, and their levels are highest from late March to September. You might experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, headaches, tiredness, a runny or blocked nose, or itchiness in your eyes, throat, nose, mouth, or ears.

At The Big Optician, we have compiled our top tips on how to relieve ‘hay fever eyes’ and other related symptoms.

Cold compresses

Cold compresses

Cooling the area around the eye can provide temporary yet immediate relief from inflammation. We recommend Restoreeyes Duotherm’s reusable eye masks to help alleviate the symptoms of dry, puffy eyes. Simply keep it in the fridge to keep it cool whenever needed, and wipe it clean after use to avoid the transfer of pollen particles.

Eye drops and rinses

Eye drops

Common hay fever symptoms are itchy, red, and irritated eyes. One of the easiest ways to relieve irritation is by using eye drops. Scope’s Optase allergy eye drops help prevent and soothe symptoms of allergies, and Scope’s Hycosan Original eye drops relieve irritation, especially for contact lens wearers.

Rinsing your eyes with water after spending time outside is a simple and effective way to remove pollen particles from your eyes and the skin around them. We also stock Restoreyes wipes, which are ideal for cleansing your eyes and eyelids when you’re on the move.

Physical protection

Sunglasses are an effortless way to create a barrier between yourself and pollen. You’ll have the most success at combatting hay fever with wrap-around style sunglasses, as they cover the eyes, protecting them from all angles from pollen and UV.


When an allergic reaction occurs, the body releases histamine, which causes many of the symptoms. Antihistamines work by blocking this histamine release – but we recommend speaking with a pharmacist or your GP before choosing this option.

Contact your trusted opticians in Newcastle

Don’t let the effects of hay fever stop you from enjoying the warmer months to the fullest. Contact The Big Optician today to learn more about our allergy products and find a solution that works for you to manage your hay fever symptoms.