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What can I do to help with dry, irritated eyes, maybe from allergies?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dry eye + allergies

Dry eye and allergies are very common.
I would try artificial tears frequently during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You can also try topical and/or systemic anti-allergy meds. If no improvement, see an eye doctor.

In brief: Dry eye + allergies

Dry eye and allergies are very common.
I would try artificial tears frequently during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses 1-2 times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You can also try topical and/or systemic anti-allergy meds. If no improvement, see an eye doctor.
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ketotifen/lubricants

If you aren't sure you have allergies, start with a lubicating eye drop ( eg theratears , systane)-- you may have dry eyes, which will get worse if you use allergy drops containing antihistamines.
Avoid drops with decongestants, like naphcon, as these can have side effects. Ketotifen drops are better, and contain only antihistamine, if you do have allergy eyes (zyrtec, zaditor, (ketotifen) alaway drops).

In brief: Ketotifen/lubricants

If you aren't sure you have allergies, start with a lubicating eye drop ( eg theratears , systane)-- you may have dry eyes, which will get worse if you use allergy drops containing antihistamines.
Avoid drops with decongestants, like naphcon, as these can have side effects. Ketotifen drops are better, and contain only antihistamine, if you do have allergy eyes (zyrtec, zaditor, (ketotifen) alaway drops).
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Dr. John Cheng
Family Medicine

In brief: Naph con a

If your symptoms are due to allergies naph con a helps with allergic eyes.

In brief: Naph con a

If your symptoms are due to allergies naph con a helps with allergic eyes.
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