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    Which Eyedrops Help Eye Allergies?

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    Allergy eyedrops are liquid medicines used to treat symptoms of eye allergies. Eyeallergy symptoms include:

    • A burning feeling in your eye
    • Feeling like something is in the eye
    • Itchy eyes
    • Red (bloodshot) eyes
    • Swollen eyelid
    • Tearing

    An eye allergy can be triggered by the same things that cause hay fever, such as:

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    Certain medications or contact lenses can also be triggers.

    Types of Allergy Eyedrops

    Your doctor may first suggest you take these steps:

    Which type of allergy eyedrop you use depends on:

    • The cause of your allergy
    • Your symptoms
    • How much the symptoms affect your daily activities

    There are many types of allergy eyedrops. Not all treat all allergy symptoms. For example, one that relieves red eyes may not stop the itching.

    Some are sold over the counter. For others you need a prescription from a doctor. Some relieve symptoms quickly. Others provide long-term relief.

    The types of allergy eyedrops include:

    Antihistamine Allergy Eyedrops

    Doctors usually recommend these as the first treatment for eye allergies if you can’t get enough relief without drugs.

    If you have itchy, watery eyes, antihistamine eyedrops may make you feel better. These medicines block histamine in the body. Histamine is a chemical that your immune system makes when you come in contact with an allergy trigger. It causes many of your allergy symptoms.

    Antihistamine eyedrops can quickly ease your symptoms. But relief may only last for a few hours. You may need to use the drops several times a day.

    Prescription antihistamine eyedrops include:

    Anti-inflammatory Allergy Eyedrops

    These eyedrops fall into two groups:

    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
    • Corticosteroids

    NSAID eyedrops affect certain nerve endings. They change the way your body makes you feel itchy.

    Ketorolac (Acular, Acuvail) is the only NSAID approved for the treatment of itchy eyes. Itching usually starts to go away about 1 hour after using the eyedrops. These eyedrops often cause stinging or burning when first placed in the eyes.

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