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Can You Be Allergiec To Visine Eye Allergy Drops
Visine allergy: There are several visine preparations containing different drugs, but most contain a topical decongestant (tetrahydrozoline) and preservative (benzalkonium chloride). True allergic reactions to either are rare, but the preservative can be irritating if you have a condition such as eczema. More likely, the topical decongestant can cause a rebound reaction with increased redness from overuse. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
No: Patanol (olopatadine) doesn't become less effective with use and tolerance doesn't develop. No medications used to treat allergies develop tolerance. This only occurs with a small number of meds, usually those affecting nervous system, e.g. Pain killers, sedatives, sleeping pills, etc. Probably you are being exposed to more pollen, dust, etc. And your symptoms are worse. ...Read more
Hurts the eye: Actually, the benzalkonium chloride preservative can damage the cornea. This is not usually a concern because the bac gets washed out of the eye before it can cause any harm, but if you use the drops with contacts, the contact lenses hold the preservative onto the cornea for long enough to cause damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye drops help: There are no real cures for eye allergies, but there are many effective treatments. Over the counter drops like zaditor (ketotifen) work well to control the symptoms. Sometimes you need to treat them with oral medicines like Allegra or zyrtec. See an ophthalmologist if these are not effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not effective: Will not hurt but will not help. ...Read more
Flushing with water: Washing the eyelids with lots of water or using a contact lens solution to rinse the eyes can be very helpful when your eyes are really itching and watering. Cool, wet towels on the eyes can also relieve some of the itching. These may not give complete relief though, and that's the time when you need medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Allergy to rabbits can certainly cause watery eyes, but it is usually accompanied by itching of the eyes/nose and sneezing, congestion, or breathing symptoms. Smoke is an irritant that can irritate the membranes covering the eyes. It also irritates the mucus membranes in the nose and lungs, so may also cause congestion and wheezing, but should not cause itching. See an eye doctor or allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Topical antihistamine agents are generally very effective for treatment of seasonal allergy eye conditions. However, as the season progresses, they often lose their effect. That does not make this "bad" medicine; rather, it probably attests to the severity of allergies that you have. ...Read more
Limited use: Naphcon is a vasoconstrictor that causes the blood vessels on your conjunctiva to constrict and this causes the redness and congestion to go down. It is a symptomatic treatment but does not change anything with the viral infection course. Overusage of the naphcon is a problem as it can cause rebound vasocongestion (more redness and discomfort). Some people become "addicted" to these drops. ...Read more
Find the Cause: Naphcon-a merely treats a symptom! a proper eye exam is necessary to determine the underlying cause of redness. The most common causes are dry eye, ocular allergy, blepharitis and viral conjunctivitis. There are also some more rare causes of redness that need to be ruled out. ...Read more
Can you use Lubricant eye drop like Visine tears, dry eye relief as long as you want? or they are same as decongestant drops? does lubricant eye drops help clearing allergens?
Artificial tear yes: You can use artificial tear without an active medication for as long and as frequent as you want if it contains no preservative (single-use). If it does contain a preservative (multi-use) then using the drop more than 4 times daily may induce corneal edema. Artificial tear may reduce eye allergy symptoms by rinsing off the allergens and mediator and is not a vascular decongestant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What allergy eye drops can I purchase to relieve itchy eyes due to the high pollen count during the summer?
Antihistamine: While lubricating drops help some, antihistamines drops do the most for eye allergy symptoms, including itching & watering. There are many over-the-counter antihistamine products to choose from. Older products may be combined with decongestants which decrease redness; however, overuse of these products may cause increased rebound redness. Plain antihistamine drops are your best bet for itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Briefly: Visine drops, of the 'gets the red out' kind, will diminish the red of the eyes but the redness will return fairly quickly. So it is better to use the other type, eye lubricating drops which will help the eye heal and get rid of the redness in a more healthful way. If persistent and especially if the vision is changing, then see your ophthalmologist. ...Read more
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