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Can Eyedrops Help With My Allergies?

Young woman getting the medicine in the eye Are your allergies just now ramping up? Or maybe it seems like they are always bothering you? Either way, you are probably on the lookout for something – anything – that will help to reduce your symptoms, and of course that includes something to help those itchy, red, and irritated eyes.

Are You Using Eyedrops Correctly?

Yes, eyedrops can help with allergy symptoms – but the trick is to use the right kind and to make sure you are using them correctly.

If you’ve looked at the shelf full of eyedrops at your local drugstore, you have probably noticed that there are quite a few to choose from. Don’t just grab a bottle and assume it will help; you have to make sure you get the right kind for your specific problem. For instance, decongestant eyedrops can reduce eye redness, but these can also make eyes more dry, so you should avoid this type of drops if dry eyes are a problem (opt for lubricating eyedrops, also known as “artificial tears,” instead).

To treat eye-related allergy symptoms, choose eyedrops that say “antihistamine,” “anti-inflammatory,” “multiple action,” or one that mentions “mast cell stabilizers” on the label. In addition to choosing the right kind, keep these other tips in mind:

  • Check the label before using. Some eyedrops are all right to use when you have your contacts in while others are not.
  • Use the recommended dose. You may think that the more eyedrops you use, the better the results, but this is not true. Only put in the recommended amount.
  • Don’t risk contamination. Make sure you wash your hands before using eyedrops, and make sure that you don’t touch the tip of the bottle to anything so that the eyedrops don’t get contaminated.

It is also important to keep in mind that if you have a persistent problem with your eyes, or if you are in pain, you shouldn’t just try to treat this with eyedrops. You should visit your eye doctor to make sure there isn’t a serious, underlying issue with your eyes. If your eyes are bothering you, contact the Eye Care Institute in Santa Rosa for an appointment. Call (707) 546-9800 today!

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