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Can you advise me to please bad allergy eye circles!!!!!!?

Can you advise me to please bad allergy eye circles!!!!!!?

Allergic eyes: Several over the counter drops like Zadador may reduce the amount of inflammation. However, You really need to see your local ophthalmologist or Oculoplastic surgeon for best answer ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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Any good allergy eye drops?

Any good allergy eye drops?

Ketotifen: This medication used to be available only with prescription. It is now available as zaditor (ketotifen) or alaway brands. Generics work just as well. It will cost much less than a copay. ...Read more

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When do you think I should see improvement after starting allergy eye drops?

When do you think I should see improvement after starting allergy eye drops?

Right away: Eye symptoms should improve right away after using allergy eye drops. If it does not, that mean you have severe allergy that need a different treatment methods/medications or you don't have allergic conjunctivitis. Either case, you should see a local allergist. ...Read more

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Do allergy eye drops make the pupil larger?

Do allergy eye drops make the pupil larger?

Should Not: They should not cause pupil dilation unless you are using a vasoconstricting agent (visine) when the drug wears off it can cause pupil dilation. ...Read more

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Pink eye or cold and allergy eye symptoms - what are the differences?

Pink eye or cold and allergy eye symptoms - what are the differences?

Red eye: Pink eye is usually due to a bacterial infection, the lids get mattery, crusty, and stuck shut. Allergies make the surface of the eye red and produce a clear watery discharge, and is usually associated with some itching, and if you rub the eye you can get it secondarily infected and end up with a pink eye condition in addition. A cold is associated with a clear discharge and it can be infected. ...Read more

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I read that fexofenadine is better than loratadine for allergies is this true? Is this also true for chronic allergy eye?

I read that fexofenadine is better than loratadine for allergies   is this true?  Is this also true for chronic allergy eye?

Might not be much: Both are second generation antihistamine and non drowsy. Allegra's onset of action is faster but they are pretty much the same in effectiveness. Different person might prefer one from another similarly to some might like Coke over Pepsi!! ...Read more

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Allergy eye drops needs to be absorbed and soaked in for it to work or it just enough to hit the surface of the eye externally?

Allergy eye drops needs to be absorbed and soaked in for it to work or it just enough to hit the surface of the eye externally?

Made you blink!: My patients find the best method is lying on their back facing upward, eyelids closed, and placing a drop at the edge of the lid near the nose and letting it roll into the eye slowly. Otherwise standing up, tipping head back and dropping it in is hit or miss; good chance eyelashes will blink the drop away - like Nadal poaching away a weakly hit groundstroke (except yesterday at the French Open!). ...Read more

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Are allergy eye drops safe while pregnant?

Are allergy eye drops safe while pregnant?

Depends on which one: Most allergy eye drops are category c which means either no studies have been done or they have seen evidence of animal effects but no human effects. You must weigh the risk and benefits. First you may want to start by using saline drops liberally several times a day, cool compresses to help with the itching. This may be enough to help. You may also consider zyrtec eye drops or Claritin (loratadine) eye drops. ...Read more

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Could i tell the difference between pink eye, irritated eye, and allergy eye?

Not really: Those 3 are very similar when it comes to symptoms, however on an eye exam, they are very different. Usually the primary care doctors give anti allergy drops for all 3 and if it doesn't work them they send it to an eye doctor. However, keep in mind that pink eye is contagious, so you want to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes you to need to remove contact lenses before using allergy eye drops?

What causes you to need to remove contact lenses before using allergy eye drops?

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 more

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Can you become tolerant to patanol (olopatadine) allergy eye-drops?

Can you become tolerant to  patanol (olopatadine) allergy eye-drops?

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

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Is it possible to become tolerant to 0.1% patanol (olopatadine) allergy eye-drops?

Is it possible to become tolerant to 0.1% patanol (olopatadine) allergy eye-drops?

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

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What allergy eye drops can I purchase to relieve itchy eyes due to the high pollen count during the summer?

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 more

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Have red scaly unclaimed area about 1/2 in under my left eye... Is there anything i can put on to help? Tried allergy eye drops. Also put some cortiso

Have red scaly unclaimed area about 1/2 in under my left eye... Is there anything i can put on to help? Tried allergy eye drops. Also put some cortiso

Try an ointment: Try either to moisturize the area (a light coat of vasaline or similar gel or lacrilube (artificial tears) ointment) or use a ophthalmic coating (such as Bacitracin or neosporin). If relief does not follow, see either your primary doctor or ophthalmologist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can allergy eye drops cause pupil dilation?

Can allergy eye drops cause pupil dilation?

No: Typically allergy eye drops contain antihistamines or saline. Should not noticably affect pupils. Even steroid Rx drops. Something else; ask your doctor. One pupil enlarged only? Go to ER. ...Read more

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