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Non Prescription Eye Drops for Allergy

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What non-prescription and prescription eye drop options do ocular allergy sufferers have?

meye spa iris morris  Rewetting drops - Do not under-rate regular use of non-preserved rewetting drops.  When using oral antihistamines, your eyes will be more dry and using a drop like Thealoz® can help flush your eyes and make them feel better.  Regular use of rewetting drops can also make you more tolerant to contact lenses during your seasonal allergies.

meye spa iris morris  Ice - If your allergies are more acute in nature (e.g. animal dander), ice can be a useful treatment if you simply do not have drops or need immediate relief.   An ice cube in a cloth applied to the lids can slow rapid onset reactions. 

meye spa iris morris  Cell Stabilizer Eye Drops - These drops act to shield the [mast] cells that release histamine.  The older drops based on sodium cromoglycate (e.g. Cromolyn) seem to have limited success in clinic.  There is a new cell stabilizer drop that our Optometry advisors are using with great success Hylo® Dual.  This drop is innovative because is combines a create lubricating drop with a novel mast cell stabilizer.  When used regularly, Hylo® Dual has shown to be very effective for environmental allergy use and can be used for very long periods of time without fear of adverse effects. 

meye spa iris morris  Antihistamine Eye Drops - There is a broad spectrum of these drops and depending upon where you live, some are prescription and some are over-the-counter.  These drops combat free antigens in the eye (versus stabilizers that only prevent histamine release).  Older antihistamines like Naphcon-A, Opcon-A are reasonably effective for short-term or acute relief.  Slightly newer drops like Zaditor have more punch for sure.   The most successful drop that our Optometry advisors prescribe (because it is once a day and effective as both antihistamine and stabilizer) is PatadayPataday is sold under prescription in some areas and non-prescription in others - talk to your Optometrist.

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