Oral Antihistamines for Ocular Allergy
Oral antihistamines give broad allergy relief and may be adequate for some ocular allergy sufferers. However eye drops can be very useful for those individuals who:
- Do not really have systemic allergy signs/symptoms like sneezing and congestion
- Find that even with oral medications, ocular allergies persist
- Find that the needed oral antihistamines dry out their eyes and create irritation or contact lens intolerance
- Find oral antihistamines make them drowsy and was alternatives
A recent patient of mine came up with this perfect description for the way her eyelids felt... Gritchy.
What did she mean and what causes this?
I wonder if this eye drop is still ok?
Scenario: you dig an eye drop bottle from deep in your travel bag. Expiration date on the worn label is next month .. is this drop still ok to put in your eye?
Do you blink to clear?
I suggest that clinically I see many patients mis-attribute transient screen blur to their glasses. This is most likely dry eye and counseling on drop use is usually met with some skepticism!