Dealing with Itchy Eyes in Hay Fever Season

Spring is a great time of year, but with it comes something dreaded by many: hay fever.

With all the pollen, grass clippings, pet hair and dust the season brings, spring tends to hit people who suffer from hay fever pretty hard. It is especially difficult for those who wear glasses or contact lenses, as the lenses often attract a build-up of allergens.

Hay fever affects two in five Australians through the spring and summer seasons, and is the most common form of allergy. It’s often during this time that many people who wear glasses or contact lenses experience hay fever symptoms.

What are the symptoms?

Apart from feeling congested and sneezy, you might find that your eyes are sore, itchy, red, and puffy. Sometimes they’ll be watery, other times they might be drier than usual. Wearing contact lenses becomes uncomfortable, and you may also notice clear discharge.

What to do

Try and identify what triggers your hay fever and avoid these things as much as possible.

It’s often a good idea to stay indoors – but if you do need to go outside, wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from dust and pollen can help.

Wear glasses instead of contact lenses, or switch to disposable lenses, as this will reduce the risk of build-up of allergens on your lenses.

Try not to rub your eyes if they are itchy, as rubbing them releases more histamine and makes symptoms worse. Instead, splash your eyes with cold water or use eye drops to flush out any irritants.

If that doesn’t help

There are a number of products that are available over the counter to help reduce hay fever symptoms.

The most common relief prescribed for hay fever is antihistamine. When your body detects the presence of allergens, it releases histamine as part of its allergic response. Antihistamine combats this response and reduces the allergic reaction, therefore stopping the runny noses and itchy eyes.

Eye drops can also be used to decrease inflammation, swelling, and flush out any irritants in the eye.

Nasal sprays and decongestants help make breathing easier by reducing the swelling in the nasal passage. They also relieve red, itchy eyes by reducing the size of blood vessels on the white of your eyes.

If you find these products do not help, come see us at NewVision Clinics for a consultation. After a visit with us, you’ll be enjoying Spring in no time!

New lens implant brings clarity to Australian sufferers of cataracts


You may have heard a bit of news lately on the Symfony lens- the newest lens implant by AMO which offers an extended range of vision to suitable cataract patients. If you’re wondering if we offer this lens at NewVision Clinics, the good news is we do! Dr Noel Alpins has been using this lens on his cataract surgery patients for about 3 months now which gives patients freedom from glasses from short and long distances. If you would like to hear more or find out if you are a suitable candidate, please call 1800 20 20 20.

Laser eye surgery boom

Laser eye surgery boom

Did you see the segment on Channel 9 “Mornings”show about the risks and rewards of laser vision correction.


Dr. Noel Alpins of Melbourne Honored by ISRS with 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award

San Francisco – Noel Alpins, MD, FACS, medical director of NewVision Clinics, was honored by the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS), a partner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors an ISRS member who has made significant and internationally recognized contributions to the advancement of refractive surgery.

Dr. Alpins is an active cataract and refractive surgeon and is the medical director of NewVision Clinics in Melbourne, Australia. He has spoken widely on cataract and refractive surgery topics and has been a keynote speaker at many Australian and international meetings. He pioneered small-incision cataract surgery in Victoria and is a founder and current member of the Excimer Laser & Research Group.

Dr. Alpins has developed new techniques in the treatment and analysis of astigmatism. He has developed the ASSORT computer program for astigmatism calculation for toric implants and vector analysis and for outcomes analysis of cataract and refractive surgery. He has published widely ophthalmic information journals and has authored more than 20 book chapters.

Dr. Alpins was given the Lifetime Achievement Award during an award ceremony at the 2014 ISRS Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (see pictures attached).


About the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)

The International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS), a partner of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), is the leading worldwide organization for refractive surgeons, with over 2,300 members from more than 80 different countries. To learn more about the latest clinical and research developments in refractive, cornea, cataract and lens-based surgery, visit


About the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons—Eye M.D.s—with more than 32,000 members worldwide.  Eye health care is provided by the three “O’s” – opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit