Which Eyedrops Help Eye Allergies?
Anti-inflammatory Allergy Eyedrops continued...
Corticosteroid eyedrops are used to treat severe, long-term eye allergy symptoms. Prescription steroid eyedrops include loteprednol (Alrex, Lotemax).
Doctors generally don’t recommend corticosteroid drops for long-term use, unless your case is really severe, due to possible side effects.
When you use corticosteroid eyedrops, you should have regular checkups with an eye specialist to check on your eye health. These eyedrops can make you more likely to get:
Decongestant Allergy Eyedrops
These eyedrops can quickly brighten the whites of your eyes and reduce eye redness for a short time. They narrow blood vessels in the eye area. This relieves the red, bloodshot appearance of the eyes.
You can get these eyedrops without a prescription. But doctors don't recommend them to treat eye allergies.
Examples of over-the-counter decongestant eyedrops are:
There are some risks. If you use them for too long, it can make your eye problem worse, with “rebound redness.” Redness and eye swelling can continue even when you stop using the drops.
If you have glaucoma you should never use decongestant eyedrops.
Mast Cell Stabilizer Allergy Eyedrops
These are among the newest types of eyedrops. They help prevent the release of histamine and other chemicals made by your body during an allergic reaction.
Mast cell stabilizers are made to prevent your symptoms.
You may be able to use these drops for many months without any side effects. If you wear contacts, mast cell stabilizers may let you wear them longer.
Over-the-counter mast cell stabilizer drops include:
Prescription mast cell stabilizer eyedrops include:
Multiple-Action Allergy Eyedrops
Some eyedrops contain more than one type of medicine. These are called dual-action or multiple-action eyedrops.
Antihistamine/decongestant combination eyedrops reduce eye itching, watery eyes, and redness. Examples include:
Antihistamine/mast cell stabilizer combination eyedrops treat and prevent:
- Eye itching
These newer eyedrops are especially helpful for people with a condition called allergic conjunctivitis. Examples include: