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The Pollen Section

All About Eye Allergies

Treating Eye Allergies

Medication/Treatment

  • Prescription allergy eye drops such as Patanol and Zaditor stabilize the mast cells in the eye.
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays such as Avamys help treat nose and eye symptoms.
  • Oral antihistamines such as Aerius and Reactine (Zyrtec in the U.S.) reduce overall allergy symptoms, as can leukotriene receptor antagonists such as Singulair.
  • Allergy shots can help to reduce symptoms and the immune response.

Non-Medicinal

  • Preservative-free saline drops such as Refresh and Tears Naturale can help to lubricate the eye and flush out the pollen.
  • Saline nasal sprays can help to lubricate the nose and flush out pollens, which can help reduce eye symptoms.
  • Cold compresses can soothe the itching and burning.

Lifestyle Tips

  • Avoid your allergy triggers as much as possible.
  • Stay indoors during high pollen counts: typically in the morning, and on dry, breezy days.
  • Close car windows when driving to keep pollen out.
  • Keep the bedroom as allergen-free as you can.

Sources: Allergists Dr. Harold Kim and Dr. Paul Keith

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First published in Allergic Living magazine, Summer 2010 edition.
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