Eye allergies are very common and can have several causative factors such as pollution, dust, pollen, contact lenses, eye makeup, etc.
They reach the conjunctiva of the eyes, which is a thin and transparent film that covers the white part of the eyeball and protects it from any foreign body.
When this occurs, it can cause conjunctivitis , which is an inflammation of the conjunctiva.
Treatment is done with the use of antiallergic eye drops to lubricate the eyes, relieve symptoms and fight possible infections.
Whenever symptoms appear, it is important to consult ophthalmologists in order to identify the problem and start treatment.
What is antiallergic eye drops for?
The eye drops allergy serves to minimize the symptoms of ocular allergic reactions such as redness, itching, irritation and swelling of the eyes. They may or may not be related to allergic conjunctivitis.
Controlling the action of histamine, which is the substance released in allergic reactions, is the goal of this eye drop. It is indicated to relieve allergic irritation and discomfort.
Only an ophthalmologist will be able to identify whether the discomfort indicates an allergic conjunctivitis or other problem and recommend the appropriate medication for the treatment.
Anti-inflammatory and antiallergic eye drops
The anti-inflammatory eye drops is indicated in cases of recovery surgical procedures in the eye or treatment of diseases such as viral conjunctivitis , chronic or even inflammation of the cornea.
They have in their composition corticoid hormones, which have a potent anti-inflammatory action and, therefore, are very strong.
But the anti-allergy eye drops is indicated for the prevention or treatment of cases of allergy and eye discomfort. These conditions can be caused by several factors such as pollen from flowers, dust and pollution.
They alleviate symptoms such as swelling, itching and burning and prevent new allergic attacks.
What are Antiallergic Eye Drops?
Antiallergic eye drops are medications to be dripped directly into the eyes in order to treat allergic conjunctivitis, which is an inflammation in the lining of the eyes due to allergies. Symptoms consist of redness, itching and increased tears.
Check out some eye drops indicated for allergic cases:
The Patanol is a medicine that works by inhibiting the release of substances that cause allergy, preventing your symptoms.
It starts to act about 3 minutes after application to the eyes.
The value of the eye drops varies between R $ 49.37 and R $ 58.94 * the package with 5mL.
The Cromolerg is indicated for the treatment of allergic conjunctivitis because it prevents the release of histamine, a substance that causes redness and itching.
The eye drops are found in the 20mg and 40mg versions, in a 5ml package,
varying between R $ 10.96 and R $ 15.49 *.
The Claril is indicated to relieve the itching and redness of the eyes, caused by pollution, smoke, dust, animal hair, pollen, grass and dandruff. It has antiallergic and decongestant action on the eyes.
It can be found in 15mL packaging and the price varies between R $ 11.47 and R $ 15.08 *.
The Relestat is a sight with antiallergic action, indicated for the treatment and prevention of symptoms such as irritation and itchy eyes that may indicate allergic conjunctivitis.
It starts to act about 1 hour after application and its effect lasts for up to 8 hours. It can be found in a 5mL bottle ranging from R $ 46.13 to R $ 60.30 *.
Octifen eye drops contain ketotifen in its formulation, which is an antiallergic agent. It relieves allergic reactions such as redness, swelling, itching and tiredness of the eyes.
Its action is fast and the effect lasts between 8 and 12 hours. It is sold in packs of 5mL and the value varies between R $ 24.03 and 27.51 *.
The Lastacaft is an eye drop that contains in its formulation substances with properties that fight allergies.
It is indicated to prevent itchy eyes due to allergic conjunctivitis.
It can be found in a 3mL flask ranging between R $ 51.80 and R $ 56.82 *.
* Prices consulted at Consulta Remédios in September 2019. Prices may change.
Is there an antiallergic eye drops for children (pediatric use)?
There is no specific antiallergic eye drops for pediatric use. What is indicated for children is the same used by adults, and in the same way it should only be used with medical indication.
Although the medication is the same, the dosage and frequency of use are different.
Children who have respiratory allergies may also experience allergic attacks in the eyes. Symptoms do not differ from adults, they are characterized by severe itching, redness and swelling in the eyes.
How to apply eye drops
Although it seems simple, the application of eye drops has a step by step to be followed, which will guarantee the effectiveness of the medicine. Check out how it is:
- Wash your hands with soap and water;
- Lie down or lift your chin and look upwards to facilitate application;
- Pull the lower eyelid of the eye where the eye drops will be applied;
- Drop a drop in the inner corner of the eye or inside the lower eyelid;
- Close it and, with the eyelid closed, move the eye;
- Keep the eye closed for about 2 or 3 minutes thus ensuring that the eye drops spread throughout the eyeball;
- Repeat the same steps for the other eye.
Eye drops with antiallergic or anti-inflammatory functions are medications and, therefore, must be used in the correct way to avoid harm to health.
It is important to check the product’s shelf life and follow some guidelines:
- Wash your hands before applying the eye drops;
- Avoid touching the packaging or the dripper on your eyes;
- Do not share the product with others, to avoid possible contamination;
- Always consult an ophthalmologist before using the medication.
Allergic conjunctivitis is very uncomfortable, but it can easily be resolved and treated with antiallergic eye drops .
But, remember, it is important to consult a specialist to verify that it is not another type of problem such as an eye infection.
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