75% of allergy symptoms involve the eye. These symptoms include itching, watering and redness. In moderate to severe cases, contact lenses can not be tolerated.
Oral allergy medications can help, but not as quickly or effectively as an allergy eye drop. There are several allergy drops available, some prescription and some over-the-counter. Some of the drops contain antihistamines, decongestants and/or mast cell stabilizers. Antihistamines provide immediate relieve of itching, the mast cell stabilizers provide long-lasting relief. Decongestants constrict the blood vessels to minimize redness, but offer no reduction in the allergic reaction. None of these drops can be used while wearing contact lenses. I will be happy to assist you in selecting the best pharmaceutical solution to your ocular allergies.
Below are some suggestions to minimize the symptoms of ocular allergies and related discomfort.
Recommendations to Reduce Allergic Reactions
Avoid exposure to allergens
Rinse eyes with sterile saline solution.
Cold compresses – place a couple of ice cubes in a clean washcloth
Maintain contact lens integrity by replacing and cleaning the lenses as prescribed
Reduce irritation with proper eyelid and eyelash hygiene
Control ocular dryness with artificial tear drops, proper hydration and supplements
Begin allergy drops at the first signs of a reaction
Wear wraparound sunglasses to shield the eyes
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